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Revoke Article 50 if a deal isn't agreed

March 18, 2019 1:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats have today called for the Government to revoke Article 50 if no Brexit deal can be agreed a week before departure date.

The proposal, debated and passed by delegates at the Liberal Democrat Spring Conference in York today, comes after a week of key Brexit votes in the House of Commons in which MPs again rejected Theresa May's deal, ruled out no-deal and voted to extend Article 50.

Speaking after the debate, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake MP said:

"It is absolutely clear that Brexit will hit jobs, the NHS and weaken our position in the world. No matter how someone voted in 2016, nobody voted for that.

"People deserve better than this utter mess cooked up by the Tories. Liberal Democrats will not allow the UK to crash out of the EU. If that possibility comes close to becoming reality, we will argue for Brexit to be cancelled, by revoking Article 50.

"Ultimately, however, what started with democracy should end with democracy. That is why the Liberal Democrats have led the campaign to give the people the final say on Brexit, including the option to stay in the EU."