The Prime Minister has been in Brussels at the European Council – where it was agreed that, subject to the deal being passed next week, the date of our departure will now be extended to 22 May.
I understand the Government will bring forward proposals for a third meaningful vote as soon as possible and, if it is passed, an extension to 22 May will provide the time to pass the necessary legislation.
If this happens and Parliament does not agree a deal next week, the EU Council have agreed to extend Article 50 until 12 April. At this point the UK would either leave with no deal, or put forward an alternative plan.
If this involved a further extension it would mean participation in the European Parliamentary elections. Currently I do not think that it would be the right thing for the UK to participate in these elections three years after voting to leave the EU.
I remain of the opinion that the Government and Parliament should still try to abide by the manifestos on which 85% of all our elected MPs stood and that was to deliver Brexit. We therefore cannot underestimate the importance of the House of Commons passing a Brexit deal next week so that we could bring an end to the uncertainty and leave in a smooth and orderly manner.
For all those constituents writing about revoking Article 50 – I understand that there are many foreign signatories on this petition and that it is possible that some names have been added without peoples’ consent. If I receive any further briefings on this I will update the website.