The MP for Brentford & Isleworth is among a group of cross-party ‘rebel’ MPs to back an amendment to the current Finance Bill aimed at blocking a No Deal Brexit.
The Finance Bill returns to the Commons today (Tuesday) granting the Treasury the right to spend money on a no-deal Brexit. The amendment would have the effect of restricting the government’s ability to make Brexit-related tax changes. Taking a leaf out of the American administration’s playbook, it’s one of a number of guerrilla tactics which the group has threatened to adopt in order to stop the Government preparing for a No Deal Brexit.
The ‘rebel’ group includes four chairs of cross-party select committees, highly experienced and well respected parliamentarians, Labour MPs Hilary Benn and Frank Field and Conservatives Nicky Morgan and Sarah Wollaston.
Labour’s Yvette Cooper, chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, who tabled the amendment at the weekend, said: “The risks to our economy and security from no deal are far too high and it would be irresponsible to allow it to happen …Time is running out and this is too serious for brinkmanship. Parliament needs to make sure there are opportunities to stop the country reaching the cliff edge by accident. This amendment helps to do just that.”
Theresa May’s deal is due to be discussed in parliament this week but the Prime Minister said in her interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr on Sunday that the vote on whether or not parliament will accept her deal will not take place on 15th January.
Ruth Cadbury reflects on the past year in parliament and the tempestuous run up to the debate in her guest blog which you can read here.