The idea of another six months before the UK leaves EU would be quite wrong.
"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, which would be crazy,"
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. Crazy.
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.
This article was first published in the Sun on Sunday 10 June 2018