Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, lead a debate in Parliament this afternoon calling for Article 50 to be revoked.
He told Parliament:
“ We all know that tomorrow, the Prime Minister will, probably, put her so-called deal to Parliament again. In her words, the options she sees for the way forward, and she has said it many times, are her deal, or no deal. Or, no Brexit. The latter is generally presented as a threat, to her own side, and idea not be taken seriously. But it’s worth remembering that at the referendum almost three years ago, in a very different, pre-Trump world, out of a population of some 65million people, just under 17 and a half million voted to leave. Almost 50 million didn’t. Today, I speak up for the forgotten 50 million, the 48% who did not vote for this mess, and whose voice has not been heard. The debate is constantly about the first two of these options – but it is the third that this petition concerns, and that I think deserves proper consideration.“
“We are where we are – at the beginning of a week where the whole country will be hoping that we can make some progress. Where the millions of non-UK EU nationals living in the UK and the millions of UK citizens in the EU desperately hope that the uncertainty that blights their lives will end; where the businesses desperately making plans for the uncertainty that risks wrecking their hard-earned investments in just a couple of weeks could come to an end; where the long-term sick worried about security of supply of their vital medicines could end their anxiety. All that, and much more, could be done this afternoon, this very hour, if the Government were to finally listen to the 48% who voted for something achievable, rather than those who voted for a wide and imprecise set of hopes.“
Mr Zeichner comments: “This debate, which was triggered by a petition which gained over 135000 signatures, reflects the view of many in Cambridge – due to the Prime Minister’s time-wasting and prevaricating, and unwillingness to adopt a closer relationship with the EU, we now are faced with three choices – no deal, her deal, or no Brexit. I know which one I’d choose.“