Brexiteer MPs say Article 50 delay would be 'political calamity' and people have thoughts

Lowenna Waters
Sunday 10 March 2019 09:00
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Two leading Brexiteers have said that any delay to Brexit would be a 'political calamity', and could do 'incalculable' harm to public trust in politics.

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Tory MP Steve Baker and the DUP's Nigel Dodds said that the 'extended uncertainty' would amount to a 'political calamity'.

On Tuesday 12th, Theresa May will ask MPs to back her Brexit deal, and if it gets rejected there might be a chance to delay Brexit, writes the BBC. In January, MPs firmly rejected the prime minister's Brexit deal by 230 votes, the largest defeat of a sitting government in history.

Baker, the deputy chairman of the pro-Brexit European Research Group, and DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds wrote

An unchanged Withdrawal Agreement will be defeated firmly by a sizeable proportion of Conservatives and the DUP if it is again presented to the Commons. 

If with the DUP just half of previous Conservative opponents vote against the deal, a three-figure majority would be expected. 

They added:

 The consequences of extended uncertainty would mean political calamity for an exhausted population... 

The harm done to public trust in politics and democracy itself would be incalculable.

For some, democracy would be effectively dead.

Needless to say, many people on social media thought their position was 'rubbish'.

Others claimed the MPs are 'taking advantage'.

Some were keen to point out that the MPs are 'extremists' and their view doesn't represent the majority.

Perhaps the MPs themselves are the calamity...

What about the 'calculable harm' that would be caused by Brexit?


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