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Do these 83 MPs understand how no-deal Brexit works?

7 January 2019

3:55 PM

7 January 2019

3:55 PM

This morning a group of more than 200 MPs from several parties made waves by penning a letter to the Prime Minister, urging her to rule out Britain leaving the European Union without a deal. In the text, they argued that a ‘mechanism that would ensure a no-deal Brexit could not take place’ would have the support of parliament.

That may be so, but Mr Steerpike was curious to note how few of the MPs who signed the letter seem to actually understand the Brexit process. Unfortunately for them, unless an alternative is actively proposed – such as revoking Brexit or accepting May’s deal – no deal can’t be ruled out, as it will happen by default as laid out by the Article 50 process. So unless these MPs suggest an alternative Brexit route – which they haven’t – their protestations are meaningless.

And of those MPs who signed the letter today, how many voted to trigger the Article 50 notice, setting Britain on this path to no deal which they now realise they can’t stop? Here is Mr S’s list of the 83 MPs who both signed the letter, and voted for Article 50:

Liz McInnes
Gill Furniss
Sir David Crausby
John Hayes,
Gerald Jones,
Siobhain McDonagh
Matthew Pennycook
Steve Reed,
Barbara Keeley
Valerie Vaz
Nick Thomas-Symonds
Carolyn Harris
Seema Malhotra
Vernon Coaker
Holly Lynch
Louise Haigh
Jonathan Reynolds
Caroline Flint
Frank Field
David Hanson
Mark Pawsey
Nicky Morgan
Richard Graham
Robert Neill
Heidi Allen
Sir Nicholas Soames
Anna Soubry
Antoinette Sandbach
Dominic Grieve
Ian Austin
Christian Matheson
Richard Burden
Jeremy Lefroy
Jonathan Djanogly
Mark Garnier
Oliver Heald
Jim Cunningham
Khalid Mahmood
Alison McGovern
Steve McCabe
Ruth Smeeth
Julie Elliott
Emma Reynolds
Kevan Jones
Alex Cunningham
Anna Turley
Sharon Hodgson
Colleen Fletcher
Helen Goodman
Mark Tami
Liam Byrne
Justin Madders
Jon Cruddas
Robert Goodwill
Bridget Phillipson
Shabana Mahmood
Edward Vaizey
Justin Tomlinson
Jess Phillips
Chris Elmore
Lisa Nandy
Debbie Abrahams
Clive Betts
Diana Johnson
Phil Wilson
Gareth Thomas
Ian C. Lucas
Adrian Bailey
Bill Esterson
Wes Streeting
Paula Sherriff
Clive Efford
Karin Smyth
John Stevenson
Stephen Kinnock
Sir Oliver Letwin
Dr Sarah Wollaston
Ms Harriet Harman
Ms Angela Eagle
Yvette Cooper
Toby Perkins
Nic Dakin
Helen Jones
Barry Sheerman


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