For the first time since the Falklands War, MPs assembled in Parliament on a Saturday to discuss Brexit and the Prime Minister’s Withdrawal Agreement. This was an important day and there were hopes that we might finally turn the corner and settle this long running Brexit saga which has sucked the life out of all other debate.
However, it was not to be. Once again, factions in Parliament and Labour and the Liberal Democrats came together to add a wrecking amendment that blocked the deal. Then, because they passed an earlier, rather bizarre Act of Parliament, the government was forced to send a ridiculous letter on behalf of Parliament begging for an extension.
A couple of weeks ago these remainer MPs said they just wanted to “take no deal off the table.” But now that a deal has been secured by the Prime Minister, they now say they want to take a deal off the table, ignore the referendum result and extend our membership to the EU instead. Not only would this betray the trust of those who voted to leave and who expected their government to implement the result, it would also be the first time in our history that we have not respected a democratic vote.
For over three years, politicians in Westminster have been arguing about how to deliver on the referendum result. We’ve been able to say what we don’t want and even voted against a deal three times. As someone who campaigned to leave and sought to compromise in order to achieve Brexit, it’s been a frustrating time. But it’s now time to get Brexit done and despite the frustrations of this week we may just have turned the corner and entered the home strait.
Since becoming Prime Minister over 80 days ago, Boris Johnson has shown huge determination to get Brexit done and taken a stand against those factions in parliament who want to block democracy. It was initially said that Boris Johnson wouldn’t get a new deal but he did. That he wouldn’t get rid of the backstop, but he did. That the EU would never change the Withdrawal Agreement, but it did.
The fact that a new deal has been secured with the EU changes the dynamics completely and although factions in parliament have been using tactics to play for time, they couldn't block the legislation to implement the deal. It passed with a majority of 30. By hook or by crook either before an election or after an election, the deal that Boris Johnson has secured will eventually be done and Brexit will finally be delivered.