09 JAN 2019

Brexit Amendment

Over the past couple of days I have supported a series of amendments to try to reduce the risk of the U.K. crashing out of the EU on March 29th with No Deal. The Government must stop introducing deliberate delays and instead make serious plans for what happens if the Prime Minister's Deal is rejected. As there have been no changes to the legal text of the Withdrawal Agreement, rejection looks to be near certain and we do not have the luxury of time on our side with just 79 days to go until Brexit.

Yesterday I voted for an amendment that will prevent the Government implementing the "no deal" provisions of The Withdrawal Act without the explicit consent of Parliament.

In essence, this was about Parliament making it clear to Government that there is no majority for No Deal. That message was highlighted further during a cross Party meeting between the Prime Minister and over 200 MPs after we had written to set out our deep concerns about the damaging effect of No Deal on individuals, businesses and communities.

Today I supported a further amendment in order to reduce the timeframe for Government to return with its proposals about what should happen next if the Deal is voted down next week. The Government will now have 3 days rather than 21 days to respond.

This matters because of the very serious consequences that would follow if we left the EU in a chaotic manner and the increasing risk of that happening as a result of running out of time for any alternatives.

A majority of MPs won't support No Deal because of both the immediate and longer term damage this would inflict on our economy. The government's own forecasts predict that growth over the next 15 years without a deal would be 9.3% lower than it would otherwise have been on current terms.

WTO rules are not the panacea that some claim, British exports to the EU would be hit by tariffs of around £6bn. The cost of Imports would also be affected, increasing the cost of living in the UK.

There would be serious disruption to complex supply chains hitting many of our key manufacturers and also creating delays to the supplies many products including diagnostic supplies and medicines which are crucial to patients who rely on NHS care. Stockpiling and other No Deal planning costs are already running into billions and the Government could and should prevent this waste by ruling out No Deal.

But the avoidable problems created by No Deal extend beyond this to the major disruption to networks of cooperation in vital areas such as policing, security, research and travel.

We would all be affected and whatever the rhetoric from those who argue for No Deal, Britain would be far poorer, weaker and more isolated. No responsible Government or MP could vote to knowingly and deliberately inflict this on the people they represent. I and many of my colleagues would resign the Conservative whip if it became the Party's stated policy objective.

It is also time for Government to stop presenting this as a simple binary choice between the Prime Minister's deal and No Deal. Parliament has shown and will continue to demonstrate that it is not prepared to accept that.

48 comments

Sarah thinks she knows better than the little people. I have been enlisting support of fellow Conservative Members in the constituency to organise for the deselection of Mrs Wollaston. From speaking with people on the ground, I can be fairly certain that she will not represent us for long. Either she will be deselected, or the seat will be lost. Looking forward to the next election to get an MP with integrity and intelligence.
- George, Paignton

More project fear from Sarah and her cronies, in the corner of the house. SW is failing to support her party and PM and her behaviour is disgraceful. Using the familiar phrase "crashing out" when she should be promoting immense "opportunities" afforded by Brexit. I`m pretty sure SW voted for the referendum but as the result did not go her way she is trying to reverse Brexit. I`m pretty sure SW also voted for the withdrawal bill which means the deal is WTO terms if no deal agreed with EU. If TM`s deal is rejected the other deal on the table is the default WTO deal which would suit us fine if only the back stabbing MP`s would get on and implement the will of the majority of the British people. I knew what I was voting for , not sure if SW has been so sure.
- Fred.

Well done Sarah. You are one of the true brave 17 Tory heroes on the Grieve amendment standing up for everyone. Allen, Boles, Clarke, Djanogly, Greening, Grieve, Gyimah, Johnson, Lee, Letwin, Mitchell, Morgan, Neill, Sandbach, Soubry, Vaizey, Wollaston. If the Tories want to remain the party of Government, our next PM will be from this group. If not, the Tories will be utterly hammered in the polls, and become a UKIP shell.
- Richard

Agree completely with George. She should be deselected from this constituency before the next election. I for one, a Conservative voter all my life, will NOT vote for her again. Her energies put into local issues are pathetic, compared to the time she has used making trouble for the PM and paving the way for Corbyn.
- Cindy

Clearly Sarah Wollaston does not understand her role in a representative democracy. After a Referendum and General Election where a simple 'Leave' was the result and her party stood on a manifesto of implementing the result, she had only 2 choices, support her party or abstain. Instead we hear weasel words and attempts to undermine a democratic vote and her party at every possible opportunity. Yes she is entitled to have personal views that conflict with the results but not to act as she has. Like the rest of us she had one vote, by doing so she accepts the result, even if she dislikes it; 'Losers Consent'. The honourable thing would be for her to resign, possibly too much to expect; count me in George.
- John

Thank you Sarah for your brave stance on this - I am heartened by your common sense in what is swiftly becoming a perilous situation for the nation. No one voted in the referendum for the deal the PM has negotiated and anyone with an eye on the younger generation and their futures will know that No Deal would be an insult to them. Well done for staying level headed and clear thinking and thank you for the work you are doing.
- Angus

John, you spout on about representative democracy, but you clearly do not understand what it means. I refer you to Edmund Burke's address to the electors of Bristol where he makes clear the difference between a representative and a delegate: "Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion." http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/documents/v1ch13s7.html
- Andy

Thank you Sarah for pointing out the folly of leaving with no deal, and all the chaotic consequences that would follow - however we each voted in 2016, surely none of us voted to become poorer, nor did we vote for stockpiling medicines and food and wasting £m's on a ferry company with no ships. If that is an indicator of the Brexit dividend then it reveals the marked absence of planning and foresight with a whiff of corruption
- Sylvia

You have let us all down, what don't you get, I voted Conservative, not for you, you have gone against the Conservative Manifesto, your Constituents, the People of the UK, and DEMOCRACY. Do you agree with one of your gang of 12 Anna Soubry, who declared on the night of the Referendum result, that all the people who voted to leave were mis- guided and stupid? she said the Bank of England would be closed for business by the following Thursday, and catasrophe would ensue. Myself and my family, (not all Leave supporters!!) will support your deselection , we are Conservatives, Join Jeremy and Mo Molam
- peter paignton

Very good Andy, although "spouting on" would be giving your view too much credit. So in that case why did the Conservative Party of which Sarah is a nominal member offer a referendum on the subject, why did the government of the day bother 33 million to vote in the referendum, why did it spend a fortune on the campaign, why did it use its taxpayer-funded propaganda to promise a once in a generation opportunity, why did it promise to implement the people's will and why did the party for which Sarah stood promise to respect the referendum result and withdraw from the Customs Union and Single Market? As for your lecture on Burke...that's your democratic inspiration is it?! No wonder you love the EU. A man who claimed that electing a Head of State was "utterly destructive of the unity, peace and tranquillity of a nation". He added “The road to eminence, and power from obscure condition ought not to be made too easy, nor a thing of much course”. Yes the plebs must know their place! Good luck getting popular support for that thesis! As Tom Paine said, “Immortal power is not a human right, and therefore cannot be a right of parliament”.
- George, Paignton

Almost correct Andy but in this case the 'representatives' gave the decision to the people by way of a referendum. This was necessary as, under the British Constitution, Parliament alone cannot give up any sovereignty without the consent of the 'People'. In other cases a representative is morally bound to 'keep their word' if they were elected having made promises. In relation to Burke, do not confuse 'your opinion' with. 'their promise to you', many a dictator would be otherwise legitimised !
- John

WITH A DEGREE IN THIS I CAN HEARTILY CONCUR WITH SARAH'S COMMENTS AND AM GLAD SHE WILL RESIGN THE WHIP OF A PARTY HELL BENT ON THE DESTRUCTION OF THIS COUNTRY, OUR WAY OF LIFE AND OUR FREEDOMS TO MOVE OURSELVES AND VEHICLES TO RETIRE OR LIVE IN EUROPE IF WE WANT. THE GOVERNMENT HAS SPENT WELL OVER HALF A TRILLION POUNDS RESCUING US FROM THE REFERENDUM SO FAR SUBSIDISING FINANCE AND BUSINESS. YOU PAY. STAY SAFE, IN CONTROL AND KNOWING WHERE YOU ARE. UK GOV RESPONSIBLE FOR MOST UK TROUBLES NOT EU. GET EDUCATION.
- sIV WHITE

TO JOHN. YOU FORGET MAY LOST HER MAJORITY IN HER ELECTION FOR BREXIT SO IT WAS NOT A VOTE FOR LEAVE. UKIP LOST ALL ITS MPS SHOWING YET AGAIN IT WAS NOT LEAVE, WHICH WAS SEEN AS A FIASCO WITH NO FUTURE DIRECTION OR POLICY. TO CINDY, OK SHE VOTED MONEY OFF SICK AND DISABLED AND PENSIONERS BUT SHE IS MAKING UP FOR IT NOW PROTECTING US AND OUR RIGHTS. DO SOME SERIOUS READING OR WATCH PARLIAMENT TV WILL YOU. YOU HAVE BOTH HAD TWO YEARS TO LEARN SOMETHING.
- SIV WHITE

TO FRED. IF WE LEAVE WITH NO DEAL NO PLANE WITH A BRITISH PART LET ALONE A BRITISH PLANE WILL BE ALLOWED TO LAND IN EU BECUASE IT WILL NOT BE CERTIFIED, THEREFORE NOT INSURED. IRISH AND WELSH LAMB WILL COST 88* TARIFFS TO GO TO EU WHICH IS 94% OF THEIR MARKET. GOVT IS PLANNIN TO KILL THIRD OF ALL OUR SHEEP TO KEEP UP THE VALUE. IF WE LEAVE WITH DEAL YOU HAVE ONE YEAR BEFORE THAT KICKS IN IF MAY STILL HAVE DONE NOTHING. INSTEAD OF PRIMITIVE TRIBALISM TRY RECOGNISING OTHER PEOPLE'S GREATER KNOWLEDGE.
- SIV WHITE

GEORGE, YOU MAY BE AN OUT AND OUT FASCIST WANTING TO GO ON RAMPAGE BUT ACTUALLY IF SARAH STOOD AS INDEPENDENT IT WOULD MAKE HER MORE ATTRACTIVE AS ANY TORY WOULD BE TAINTED WITH BEING BLIND TO THE DISASTER OF BREXIT . PEOPLE NEED TO REALISE THEY ARE BEING HIJACKED BY FASCISM, NO MORE NO LESS. NOW CALLED POPULISM. LOSING OUR INFLUENCE AND TEAM MATES AND MASSIVE EU GRANTS WILL COST US DEAR. IN EU WE PAY NO EU TARIFFS WHICH ARE 4 X GREATER THAN OUR PAYMENT TO THEM. THEY BUILT OUR ROADS, HOSPITALS, PORTS, AIRPORTS, SCHOOLS, REPAIR OUR BREAKWATER AND CHANGE AND LISTEN WHEN WE ASK THEM. WE ARE ONE OF 27 DECIDING WHAT EU DIRECTION WILL BE. EU ONLY EMPLOY 420 PEOPLE, IT IS NOT A GOVERNMENT OR DICTATORSHIP. YOU VOTE THERE. THEY PUBLISH AND CONSULT WHAT THEY DO, NOT LIKE MAY. STOP MISLEADING THE INNOCCENT
- SIV WHITE

Siv...Caps Locks. Typing in capitals makes you seem like a lunatic. And that's before you even read the tripe you've written. If Sarah wants to stand as an Independent, that could happen tomorrow. She deceived the people of Totnes in 2017, including Tory Party members who worked hard for her, and pretended to support a manifesto she abhorred. She could be honest with everybody and accept that she is no longer a Tory. Resign the whip, resign the seat, and let the people of Totnes decide. She won't do that, because she knows she'd lose. The rest of your message is just a boring dimwitted rehash of the argument you made unsuccessfully in June 2016. You lost then, and after reading that again, no bloody wonder.
- George, Paignton

Shouting will not help. Aim here is to stop Corbryn becoming PM. As for the issues about BREXIT. As a man who voted Remain the issues raised by SIV WHITE are flawed purely because for example, air travel is covered by international agreements out with the EU. Also the German economy amongst others exports more to us then we to them. Scaremonging doesn't help. Can you imagine the effect on Spanish and French farmers if their exports to us were majorly disrupted? Spain has 40% youth unemployment! Also as a net contributor to the EU to a sum of 9 bn not sure what SIV White is on about. Those grants is just our money coming back to us minus the 9 bn. No the issue is the Referendum was lost but our politicians from all sides can't accept it. Cornyn being particularly deceitful as a Bennite leaver without Tony Ben's intelligence. The EU always punishes those who don't play the EU integration game. Even if we stay we will lose our rebate be subject to more tax integration and defence conformity. And having worked in Brussels the EU employs thousands on better expense allowances than we in NATO had. I voted Remain because I knew what would happen.Better an imperfect world. Now we are here it is too late. We cannot go back to the past. Our MP needs to understand that. I will be abstaining during the next election if Dr Wollaston remains as our MP. A shame really as she is good for the South Hams.
- Andy

Sarah - please Ignore George , he is from Paignton. I would be bitter as well in such circumstance. You would think that he could see that this country faces far bugger issues that the white baby boomer gripe of being in the EU
- Rob

Insulting people because of their views "that way madness lies". It is important that everyone sets out their opinions without reverting to rude or mocking taunts or asides. If you resort to verbal attacks you diminish your argument. This is anything but a simple argument. And remember right now the EU is suffering from attacks on many sides including from Italy, Poland, Hungary before we look at the issues around the rise of AfD in Germany. So their negotiating aim has always been to make the heretics suffer, while trying to fend off the issues in the East and rise of nationalism. As the Irish often say " I wouldn't be starting from here" is apt. We are in a mess and I suspect a no deal or extension to Article 50 are the only way forward. Realism is now needed rather than idealism.
- Andy

I agree with George, Sarah should quit the Tory party and and make room for someone who supports the result of the referendum. I have supported the Tory Party all my life but will not support Sarah at the next election. Scare mongering about a no deal won’t work. I worked in the EU prior to us joining and there were No problem flying to or moving between EU states. I would support a campaign to remove Sarah Wollaston as the representative of the South Hams constituency.
- David

This woman and her barmy ideas does NOT represent me or my family. We are all democrats here and expect the people's decision to be honoured. I've never voted for another party but in the absence of a satisfactory alternative I will abstain if Dr W and Mrs May are still in place.
- Michael

Democracy is not a one off. We have general elections regularly, the last one came 2 years after the one before. Lets have a public vote on the brexit deal. As the tory party can't agree if they like it or not, (or even if they like their leader) and the deal will get voted down, the someone has to make a decision. No deal will be a disaster and parliament will never allow it. Let the people take control (remember that slogan "take control") and wecan move on from there.
- Bob

Sarah, if you block the implementation of Brexit in any form, not only will I not vote for you again I will simply never vote again. All trust we had in our demicratic process will evaporate so there will be no point in voting
- Paul

If Conservative MP's such as you pitch Parliament against the people I'm afraid you mustn't be surprised at what happens. I for one shall work for any party that promises a clean Brexit and if that means holding my nose whilst voting UKIP so be it
- Oscar

It's clear that Sarah will most likely lose at the next General Election; after admittedly colluding with the opposition, should she not 'do the right thing' and resign the party whip now ?
- John

Sarah, I voted for you in last election so you could vote for me on Brexit but all you are doing is making a mess of it all. I live in Brixham and used to be a fisherman so I understand about being let down by our government and the European union. We have been fighting for a better deal for years but all that happens is more disappointment and regulation to make it harder for a hard working person to make a honest living, and you not supporting your own voters is disgraceful. Pete
- Pete

Dr Woolleston you are a disgrace. We in Devon voted Out of EU, and you were elected knowing this but you have gone back on your word and your parties manifesto just because you think you know better than anyone else. You are not the only one and the whole of the Members of parliament should be sacked and a new lot who do respect their constituents put in place. I have voted all my life as I feel that it’s right to have a say in this Wonderful Country’s future, but if you and the politicians who are laughably supposed to be there to represent the constituents disregard the Vote to LEAVE then I shall never vote again.
- Elizabeth Dowling

1) The people are sovereign - if you don't accept that then revolution will ensue and the streets will run red. 2) The people delegate their sovereignty to elected representatives who run the country using their own judgement. 3) If enough of us dislike their judgement then we can remove them at the next regular election. 4) Sometimes our representatives are either incapable of making an important decision or consider the issue so important that it must be referred back to the people. 5) Once the people decide according to the rules of the referral the representatives must implement the overall decision or resign. 6) Resigning triggers an election where the issue is effectively voted on again considering all the circumstances and all the views and promises of those standing for election. 7) A sufficient majority voted for leave. And then an election was called which produced a majority of candidates of all parties who either supported leave or who didn't but yet promised to carry out the decision of the first vote. Our sovereignty was thus maintained but if any fight against the first decision and its endorsement, those representatives will be responsible and will suffer the consequence mentioned in (1).
- Jean Xavier

Jean Xavier. In this case your no.6 is void as there is now a EU Withdrawel Act in place and has to be implemented by whoever is in power. (Unless a new Act is created, which would be against the ratified will of the people).
- John

With respect to all, may I share what I feel are Principles, upon which action must be based, that help us all recognise integrity. 1. A Majority of all those who chose to vote, voted Leave 2. As a Democrat I respect that "Majority", so I believe should all MPs. 3. My MP and those for whom others voted and now represent were elected on a Party Policy to "Leave", over 80 percent of the Electorate, if to Remain was your most important issue the Lib Dems were asking for your vote. 4. The date to Leave is set in law at 29th March 2019. 5. All MPs must now vote either on the deal that has taken 2 years to negotiate and which has the support of 27 united EU Members or if no cross Party compromise can be achieved, then with no agreement. Remember how many Labour MPs supported Heath's entry in the first place. For what it's worth I wrote to Sarah asking her to vehemently argue for a cross party negotiating team as we could all see this is not a Party issue it remains decision of the greatest National Interest. Finally, for Remainers like myself, we were actually always "In but Out" and I am sure we will end up "Out but In." All this has done is turn the Conservative Party Inside Out, and now Upside Down. Keep Smiling, and realise how privileged we are to be discussing this with out Bombs and Bullets....well thus far !
- Martin Beck

The referendum vote in 2016 was counted on district councils not parliamentary constituencies (see BBC election night coverage). Sarah's mandate cannot be based on her constituents as in a general election but as an approximate fit to for instance South Hams which in fact voted 52.9% to remain. That aside I'm not quite sure why people are so determined to leave despite the difficulty our 'best' politicians have experienced negotiating and obtaining a deal that pleases anyone. Maybe they didn't try hard enough or it might just be too difficult to extricate our economy from its intricate links with other countries in the time Article 50 allows. Or if a no deal Brexit Is the goal why has there been so little progress negotiating deals with non-EU economies? I think I'd prefer a backup plan if we leave without a deal personally and I don't see one emerging. Those who still fancy crashing out generally have the substantial resources to sustain themselves in the event our economy sees a dip (Jacob Rees Mogg for one) and may even be able to benefit. Or maybe it is just all 'Project Fear' but I'm not confident myself. I'd rather take time to take stock and change my mind if the facts change. Maybe now's the time to reflect on what's been achieved.i is it what the people who voted to leave wanted in 2016?
- Helen

Helen, your post is rather heavy on dodgy logic. In a democracy, where you have a vote amongst opposing views, you will always have disappointed losers. We survive by the losers accepting the result, by voting at all you agree to accept the outcome. The present situation is because Mrs May did not want to leave and was incapable of fulfilling her duty, clear from the fact that she was scheming to undermine her Brexit Minister. Leaving offers so many more opportunities for the country than remaining; within a couple of years it's likely that people will have forgotten they had wanted to remain. The world is comprised of optimists and pessimists, never be led by a pessimist; optimists are the ones that get the prizes !
- John

Thank you Sarah for being outspoken about the consequences of a no deal and for your support for the amendment. I am also encouraged by your support for a second referendum. I find it an affront that when we were given the vote for such a major constitutional change that a simple majority was considered sufficient, particularly when the consequences (good or bad) were very confusing, to say the least. It is interesting that a majority of 66% in favour is required when MPs vote for a General Election. Why were constituents not treated similarly in the referendum?
- Nic

"The noble one is not a mere instrument"– Confucius. Sarah, I believe you are showing that you are not just a cog in the machine. Though you may lose your current position, if you're doing what's right, it will be for the best in the end. To those who take grievance from her actions: We are all individuals here; nobody is forced to do what you want them to do. If you are unhappy with what they do, tell them calmly the reasons why and they will listen to you calmly. They are not necessarily trying to go against you; perhaps they are trying to do what they think is right and best in their situation. Maybe something they can see from their vantage point makes that course of action look better than it does from yours, and not just personal gain. I'm not saying that for instance a councillor is superior to a voter; but being directly involved in the political process she may see some things more clearly. Maybe her actions will unexpectedly turn out good for you. Even if Sarah didn't do what you wanted her to do, it doesn't mean she has something against you. You can assume that Sarah is out to get you, or out to gain something for herself, and get all worked up and angry, but I'm not sure how much good that does either of you or us as a whole. I'm sure she knows that people are suffering from the way things are; but to make a real and lasting change for the better can't necessarily happen in an instant, nor may the process take precisely the path you want it to. Maybe what seemed like a good step at one point in time, now doesn't seem like such a good step. This is not necessarily evidence of someone's intention turning against you, or evidence that they were against you all along; perhaps it is just them acting strategically, updating their course moment-by-moment, still aiming for the best result for all of us in the end. To those who say asking for a second referendum is going against democracy; if a first referendum is democracy, how is a second referendum not also democracy? Can the people not change their minds? Changing one's course mid-way in this case is not necessarily a sign of weakness or "flip-flopping"; it is a sign of flexibility and awareness. It is a sign of strength to admit that you were wrong. Some argue that having seen the result but being "sore losers", those in government made the whole process difficult just because of their soreness. Maybe there is some soreness there. But that wouldn't be the whole picture. The other side of the picture is that it is indeed difficult to do something like this well and cleanly. Maybe we need a breather. If the country still doesn't like the result, maybe we can have a third referendum :) more and more referendums means a better and better democracy, right? In any case, we can see that the whole issue is still controversial; so another referendum can be considered a refinement in the democratic process... I would like to ask if those who have such trust in democracy can trust it once again. Maybe the "will of the people" can change. Those who say "the losers have to accept the result", surely wouldn't object to "losing" a second referendum if the new, more informed, democratic will of the people changed from the last time? There are pros and cons. You can object that a second referendum is "forced", "sore losing". But you can also say that a second referendum benefits from having had time to reflect further on the matter. I hope that people can see the benefit of it.
- James

Many thanks Sarah for once again representing the best interests of the people of the UK and voting as you have. Now the quicker parliament puts in place what’s necessary to prevent a ‘No Deal’ exit the better for everyone. And then let the people decide - either Theresa Mays ‘Withdrawal Agreement’ or ‘Remain’ People can cast a vote based upon the facts and not on the nonsense articulated by Champions of Leave in the last referendum. Again, many thanks.
- Peter

Dr Wollaston, Peter and all who want a second referendum – I have absolutely no issue with a 'fair' referendum - I don’t think it would change anything and perhaps lead to even more division. However, the question suggested by Dr Wollaston and many of you for a ‘Peoples Vote’ – i.e. Remain or Mays (overwhelmingly rejected) Deal – is as far from right and democratic as I think it is possible to be. Where is the real Leave option? Why is Dr Wollaston and other ‘Peoples Vote’ supporters determined to not present this as an option? “….You can have a ‘Peoples Vote’ but you won’t have the option to really Leave…!” Those who support a second referendum do you really want a ‘Peoples Vote’? Or do you want to Remain in the EU at all costs? At least be honest about it – but please acknowledge that those who don’t wish to remain in the EU deserve an option to vote for if you have any belief at all in democracy.
- Patrick, Brixham

For the sake of Democracy , we need a second referendum . If there is anyone here or anywhere else who does not now realise we were lied to in the run up to the Referendum. How can we be proud of that ? We know so much more now . What would you have to lose to have another , but more informed referendum . This time , we are quite sure that Turkey is not going to join the EU and 700k wont come straight to the UK for benefits and the we know that the NHS wont get 350m Extra a week - but actually may not have the EU staff to look after us if we did opt out . If they do , it will be becasue we have opened more doors to non europeans ( i have no problem with that ). We know we will lose skilled people , who will go home . We know our mobile phone bills will be higher when we go on hols. We also know that the once strong London banking sector that paid x billions into the Treasury , wont pay those billions once its jobs have been fully exported to Paris , Frankfurt, Holland and other places . We know that WE will have to pay extra in tax to fill that gap ( or perhaps we have yet fewer services from government spending ) or perhaps we borrow more , at higher interest rates and and and . Come on , anyone who is sane knows this execise was a complete waste of time , money , energy . There are so many other things to worry about in life , why was this issue chosen. For the sake of sanity , another vote very soon and get on with it before we have to lay off even more staff .
- G David

Given that our MPs cannot support May’s Deal or No Deal, we need a second referendum. I think the ballot paper should be: Answer Question 1 and Question 2. For each question, vote by putting a cross in the box next to your choice. Question 1 Should the United Kingdom leave the European Union, or reverse its decision and remain a member of the European Union? Leave the European Union [ ] Remain a member of the European Union [ ] Question 2 If the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, should it exit under the terms of the deal agreed between the British Government and the European Union, or exit with no deal? Leave with the deal agreed between the UK and the EU [ ] Leave with no deal [ ]
- Tim

A lot of Remainers just repeating the same tired arguments they had before June 2016. You lost then and as time ticks on, you're losing now. Perhaps change the record. If it involves staying in the EU, I stopped listening two and a half years ago. The EU was always anti-democratic. Now it cheerleaders are showing themselves for anti-democratic bad losers. Happy to have another vote. But the people have already decided to Leave. They did not vote to "leave with a deal" or leave with any other caveat. Just Leave. So it has to happen one way or another. Remain could not be on the ballot paper for any other reason than the establishment don't like the view expressed by the people. Hard luck. The only question is what sort of Leave. So the choices would be Leave with May's deal, or leave without her deal. Her agreement is so bad that I suspect most would vote against it. In any case, unless the government proposes legislation and gets a majority of MPs to vote FOR something (and not just against), then we will leave on WTO terms in ten weeks. I'm fine with that.
- George, Paignton

Couldn't agree more George. It seems there's an abundance of people that agreed to participate in a vote with the intention of ignoring the result if it wasn't to their liking; bad faith. A democracy relies on good faith in these situations. Instead we see 'smoke & mirrors', 'muddying the waters', weasel words and worst of all the claim people didn't know enough. In a democracy, with any vote, you could claim that some didn't know enough. The Referendum was In or Out, with the promise that Government would implement the decision, this was then part of major party manifestos and then put in to law. The 'correct' path is to try to get a good deal, failing which we leave on WTO rules as embodied in law, yet we have politicians like Sarah Wollaston doing their best to subvert the people's will, claiming that they are representatives not delegates. On this issue they are delegates, change in sovereignty has to be put to the people under the Constitution ! Time to move on, if we don't like being outside the EU, we can rejoin.
- John

Why are some people so scared of another referendum? Is it that they think they might lose? If you are so convinced that we should leave, then man up and grow some. Take on the 48% and see what happens.
- bob

So resign and good riddance. Don’t forget we had a referendum because Cameron was afraid of UKIP. If you cheat us out of leaving, how much support do you suppose will flip back to to UKIP?
- John D

I have tried to engage with Dr Sarah and have come to the conclusion we need a second vote.. Clearly we did not know what we were voting for at the last election when Dr Sarah stood on a manifesto to leave, respecting the referendum result.. Anyone who supports their government in a vote of confidence, but will not support their negotiated position and calls for remain, pretending it is in the interest of the people to rerun the election, should resign the party and stand down so we have a choice who should represent us based on their actual beliefs rather than a lie.
- Giles, Paignton

Spot on Sarah. The true facts and catastrophic impacts of the no deal are now clear. The decision should now be taken to the people in the light of this. BREXIT cannot be delivered in the way that it was sold.
- Paul Church

First points. We have another vote. It is still leave. Will Parliament then implement Article 50? We need to go back to the EU hard and tgreaten the worse and negotiate from strength not weakness. To lose out to an EU President with an alcohol problem it beyond characature. Secondly. Every single government economic prediction on Brexit has been dramatically wrong. Currently we have third highest economic growth forecasts in the G7 according to the IMF. More people in work at anytime in my lifetime and inflation at 2.3% and wages growing at 3.4%. BREXIT post predictions predicted slump. So where to go? I have never seen anything like it from both sides of the argument. Thirdly, we need to come down the crisis talk. Win or lose - from whatever standpoint- the EU will punish us. Thirdly. Watch what is going on elsewhere in the EU. It's not good and tax harmonisation will be the straw that breaks the camel's back. Fourthly. Dr Wollaston needs to accept she is no longer a conservative even with a small c and resign the whip. Your tweets recently only confirm that fact.
- Andy

Seems an awful lot of fuss for what it costs to be in the EU, about £30 per year for the average taxpayer - check your latest notification from HMRC of tax paid if you don't believe me.
- Derek

Sarah as a life long conservative supporter may I thank you once again for all that you are doing to protect the best interests of this country - if you are ever deselected then not only will this constituency have lost a great MP but also my vote. Please keep up the great work and don’t waiver in the face of adversity.
- Peter (Kingsbridge)

Dear Sarah I am not one of your constituents but after reading so much negative venom from some who are I am writing to post a message of support for the brave stand you have taken. The longer this farce continues the clearer it becomes that both main parties are morally bankrupt and incapable of moving things forward in this country either on Brexit or on anything else. Good luck to you and every success to you and your moderate parliamentary colleagues to avoid a no deal Brexit.
- Larry

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