Let’s be clear. Tuesday’s vote was not about stopping Brexit. Last night’s vote was the first step in preventing Boris Johnson’s Government from forcing a NO DEAL BREXIT. Johnson has no mandate for leading the UK out of the EU without a deal and as Prime Minister he failed at the first hurdle. It has been widely accepted that if no deal is secured this will severely damage our economy, result in shortages of vital medicines, undermine the peace process in Northern Ireland and lead to food price increases. The poorest in our society will be worst hit. Think carefully about that. If you are on a low income almost all your money goes on food and essentials – so if these increase you have nothing spare. If you are well off you are less affected – probably why Boris is so unconcerned.
Labour is ready to fight and win a General Election, but we must first ensure, through legislation, that any election called by this Government is not used as a smokescreen to drag this country out of the EU without a deal, by subverting the people and Parliament.
Labour is putting the country before party – as the great Clem Attlee himself once said. Boris Johnson is putting power before the people. The basic requirement of any Government is that it can win votes in Parliament. Boris can’t. The Government must go. Boris claims to be trying to bring forward a deal – no one has seen any evidence of this whatsoever and that’s why so many of his own MPs could not vote with the Conservatives last night.