MP’s unhappy with hard Brexit plans are planning to fight them. The group is cross – party and are attempting to thwart Theresa May’s attempts to leave the single market and customs union.
The MP’s are fearful of the damage to UK business a hard Brexit will bring.
The MP’s come from Labour, Lib Dem, Green, and the Conservatives. They say that May had no mandate for “extreme Brexit” which she outlined in the speech given on Tuesday. They are particularly fearful of plans to adopt World Trade Organisation (WTO) tariffs if negotiations with the EU do not go well.
On Tuesday the Supreme Court will rule on whether the government has to put the Brexit vote before parliament. If they rule that they do, then cross – party MPs will try to amend the legislation to make this form of Brexit impossible.
Fearful of WTO Tariffs
Forty three Labour MPs have written to Theresa May to protest her Brexit plans, with emphasis on the single market and WTO.
The letter states in terms of resorting to WTO tariffs, “These would include 10% on cars, 12% on many items of clothing, and 40% on lamb. British manufacturers and farmers would face being priced out of their most important market, which buys 44% of all our exports. Businesses large and small in our constituencies would suffer, jobs would be lost and prices in the shops would rise. Working people, including millions who voted to Leave the EU, would pay the price. Your government has a mandate to take us out of the EU but you have no mandate to do this.”
One MP Labour’s Chris Leslie said he had been drawing up a potential amendment to the bill which he hoped other parties would back, “This is the last meaningful opportunity parliament will have to exert leverage on the prime minister’s negotiation, so we mustn’t let it pass and give her carte blanche for a hard Brexit plan. If that means MPs working across the party divides from the backbenches and amending the article 50 bill to avoid the cliff-edge and salvage single market participation, then so be it.”