Amber Rudd let the con slip, again. She said in an interview with ITV’s Robert Peston that while she doesn’t want a “People’s Vote” (yeah, sure), she thinks there would be a plausible argument to hold a referendum if Parliament fails to agree on a deal. She is of course ignoring the fact that it was Parliament’s duty to begin with to implement the decision made by the British people.
It’s funny how politicians can take something simple and make it infinitely more complicated, isn’t it?
Rudd’s comments haven’t gone down well with everybody, though. Andrea Leadsom, the Brexiteer MP who stood for leadership against Theresa May and who is now inexplicably supporting May’s deal, has suggested her own rival plan if Parliament fails to vote for May’s deal. She told the press today that a second referendum would be “unacceptable” and that our Plan B should be a “managed no deal.”
That is, a No Deal Brexit that still maintains some kind of transition period and means the UK isn’t immediately hit with operating on WTO rules. I suppose this is designed to be more palatable than a real, clean exit.
The official spokesman for the Prime Minister, however, has shot down both suggestions – suggesting that a second referendum was not plausible in the event of a gridlocked Parliament, and that Leadom’s idea is “not something that is available.”
The spokesman reiterated that the EU has been clear, and that there is no withdrawal agreement without a backstop, meaning a managed No Deal would almost certainly be off the cards.