May offers MPs vote on second referendum in ‘new’ Brexit deal

Treason May today promised MPs a bombshell vote on holding a second referendum in a last-ditch bid to pass her Brexit deal.

In a humiliating final gamble, she pledged a legally-binding vote will be included in her Withdrawal Agreement Bill when it comes to the Commons, starting in the week of June 3.

That means if MPs vote for a second referendum the government will be FORCED to legislate for it.

Potentially that will allow the public to have the final choice between the existing Brexit deal and remaining in the EU.

But there’s a catch – it will only be held if MPs pass the Bill, which contains the Brexit deal.

Theresa May has told MPs they have “one last chance” to deliver Brexit, as she set out a “new Brexit deal”.

If MPs reject the bill, she warned them a negotiated exit would be “dead in the water” and Brexit could be stopped.

Mr Duncan Smith said it left the EU “firmly in control of our destiny” while Anne-Marie accused Mrs May of “trying to ram her botched deal through on Labour votes by keeping us in the customs union and allowing Brussels to dictate our future trade policy”.

The SNP and Change UK have also said they will vote against the bill.

The key points of the PM’s revised plan are:

  • A guarantee of a Commons vote on another referendum before the Brexit agreement is ratified, with the government honouring the outcome.
  • A vote on different customs options, including a government proposal for a temporary customs union for goods – what Mrs May called a “customs compromise”.
  • A legal obligation for the UK to come up with an alternative to the Northern Ireland backstop by the end of 2020.
  • If the backstop does come into force, the bill would guarantee that Northern Ireland remains aligned with the rest of the UK and will not be not part of a separate customs territory.
  • Legislation to ensure workers rights are “every bit as good if not better” after Brexit and guarantees of no dilution in environmental standards.
  • A legal duty to seek changes to the political declaration on future relations with the EU.

While she personally opposed another referendum on the terms of Brexit, the PM said she recognised the “genuine and sincere” feelings on the issue in Parliament.

She urged MPs to back the Withdrawal Agreement Bill at its first parliamentary hurdle in and then “make the case” for another public vote when the bill was examined in detail.

Jacob Rees-Mogg said what was on offer was

“worse than before”,

while Zac Goldsmith said the bill was a

“convoluted mess”

and the prime minister – who has offered to quit once a Brexit agreement is approved by Parliament – should leave now.

So basically from a brexiteers point of view she is calling for a second referendum when you look at either option, while those on the remain side don’t trust her to see through her pledge of voting on a second referendum.

What a load of cobblers.