Brexit Matters

In response to questions raised with me regarding Brexit I have sought clarity from a variety of sources including the Attorney General and the House of Commons Library, an impartial and independent body that provides detailed analysis to aide MPs in their Parliamentary duties. Here I provide access to analysis on significant aspects of the Brexit debate which I hope you will find useful.

News

Indicative Votes: Business Motion of the House

Today MPs will be asked to take part in further indicative votes should the Business Motion brought to the House by Sir Oliver Letwin be approved. For further details of the motion and the options available to MPs in the indicative votes please read this extract from the day's order paper.

MPs vote against the Withdrawal Agreement

The very first campaign I ran as a political candidate back in December 2007 was to go to the Isles of Scilly, the most westerly point of the UK, to call for a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, i.e. EU membership.

MPs to vote on part of Theresa May's Deal

Today MPs will be asked to support the Prime Minister’s Withdrawal Agreement. The motion itself does not count as a ‘meaningful vote’ because it does not cover the future relationship with Europe. However, if it passes it will allow Article 50 to be extended to May 22.

No clear majority for any Brexit options

Tonight there have been a number of votes in Parliament, first a vote passing legislation to allow the UK to leave without a deal on April 12th rather than revoke Article 50, reversing the outcome of the EU referendum.

What is “exit day”? Dispelling misconceptions about the extension of Article 50 - House of Commons Library

Later this week, the Prime Minister is expected to ask the European Council to extend Article 50. If the Governments of the 27 EU Member States unanimously agree to her request, the UK’s departure from the EU will be delayed. The Library has previously explained how that EU decision-making process will work. Common misconceptions have arisen as to the role of domestic legislation in this process. This Insight clarifies the role of domestic law in extending Article 50.