It’s time to let the people decide

Don’t believe the hype and don’t, please don’t, give up.
With no resolution in sight, endless debate in parliament and endless coverage on TV, people are understandably weary of Brexit. It would test the patience of a saint.
But Boris Johnson’s no daft, as we say, and he’s capitalising on it, pouring fuel on the fire of public frustration in a bid to convince people his ‘great’ deal will finally get Brexit done; that Britain can get on with the business of being Great again.
Don’t be fooled.
Agreement on a Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) is a significant development, yes, but kickstarts another process entirely, one which will impact an entire generation.
Mark my words, Brexit will last for years. Even a ‘good’ one.
And that’s precisely why this bill – a vital blueprint, outlining the parameters of our future trading deals – has to be properly scrutinised.
The WAB document is 115 pages long, with an extra 126 pages of explanatory notes and MPs were presented with it last Monday at 8pm, giving us just 12 hours to digest its details before casting first votes on it.
An unbelievable three days to sign off the most important constitutional document the UK has faced for decades.
Thankfully, believe it or not, it became clear quite quickly that it was even worse than Theresa May’s deal.
The GMB warn it will impact heavily on the manufacturing industry and risk almost 10,000 jobs in the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency. In total, 3,600 manufacturing jobs and a further 6,300 jobs linked to that sector. Jobs we cannot afford to lose.
The NHS – Britain’s finest achievement, and one we should fight tooth and nail to protect – will be up for grabs to big business in the US demanding access to health contract tenders.
The bill also impacts on 14 devolved Scottish competencies, but three days gave precious little opportunity for proper scrutiny of its consequences north of the border.
Under the terms of the Sewel Convention, the UK Parliament will “not normally” pass legislature without the devolved parliament having passed a consent motion first.
Tough, said Boris. if we don’t like it, lump it, call a general election.
Labour will call for a general election when it’s in the national interest to do so – not when we’re being baited by a PM desperate to fulfil his vow to ‘do or die’ by October 31.
If Boris wants to lob accusations at us that we’re frustrating Parliament, we’ll be tough enough to take it.
Labour is clear that, if we leave the EU, we need a customs union, single market access and dynamic alignment on workers’ rights to protect jobs and future prosperity in the UK.
Moreover, people must have a final say on that deal through a confirmatory vote – as well as the option to remain.
It’s time to let the people decide