Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has called for the extension to Article 50 agreed by EU leaders last night to be used “not for further time-wasting, but for a final say vote“.
Mr Zeichner has previously condemned the Government for “recklessly wasting yet more time in order to force a false binary choice“ over Brexit, and called on them to revoke Article 50 to prevent a dangerous cliff edge No Deal Brexit.
Mr Zeichner comments:
“I am relieved that the Prime Minister appears to have changed tack, and seems to be no longer pursuing a disastrous No Deal Brexit, but I fear that if this extension is not used productively, for putting Brexit back to the people for a final say, then we will find ourselves in the same situation in six months time.“
“If we do leave the EU in October, it’ll be over three years since the referendum – the mandate will no longer be valid. To avoid a really terrifying Halloween, seeing us leaving the EU without democratic checks and balances, we must have a public vote in the next six months.“
“I still consider the best deal available to be the one we have now – as full members of the EU. Leaving with no deal is dangerous, leaving with the Government’s deal will please no-one, so that leaves one option left – not to leave at all.“