This week, Parliament faces some real Brexit choices.
One choice is whether to demand that the Government seeks a Norway-style deal.
Norway isn’t a member of the EU.
But it agrees to accept all their rules; including free movement; and pays into the EU every year.
But, as a non-member, Norway gets no vote.
Brussels decides the rules.
Norway abides by them.
That is not what my electors voted for when they voted to leave.
Parliament was always promised a vote on the final.
A “no deal Brexit” would be a disaster.
But one proposal from the Lords, includes voting to reject the deal and sending the Government back with a new list of demands to extend the talks – delaying Brexit.
After two years of talks, the idea of another six months or a year, before the UK leaves would be quite wrong.
And if Exit Day is delayed beyond March 2019, we would have to elect new MEPs in May to a European Parliament we voted to leave.
Another proposal is to have a second referendum, which smacks of let’s keep trying until we get the result we want.
Why not a third – make it best of three.
There is no case for a second referendum. The decision is made.
Many Labour MPs represent Leave-voting seats.
Will their voters understand if their MP votes to delay Brexit or to have another referendum? I don’t think so.
- Rt Hon Caroline Flint is Member of Parliament for Don Valley and a former Europe Minister.