MPs who support a deal have formed MPs for a Deal and will be seeking support across Parliament.
In a joint statement Stephen Kinnock, Rory Stewart, Norman Lamb and Caroline Flint said:
“For too long debate in Westminster has been paralysed by a lack of moderation and compromise.
“Even at the eleventh hour it’s not too late to agree a deal to ensure an orderly exit from the European Union.
“Three years on from the referendum, voters have grown tired of delay and indecision. The only way to restore trust in our politics is to agree a deal.
“The media focus has been on the short extension proposed by the Benn Bill. However, we believe that Boris Johnson’s response to the Bill should be to ensure he secures a deal with the EU27.
“We want the EU leaders to recognise that, even at this late stage, there is a majority in parliament for a deal.”
The group achieved a Commons success with the “Kinnock amendment” to the Benn Bill ensuring that any extension to the UK’s exit date must be for the purpose of securing a deal. The amendment is now part of the EU (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill which is likely to get Royal Assent next week.
Speaking after the Commons stages of the Bill, Stephen Kinnock said: “The Commons signalled that the clear preference amongst MPs, a preference that I believe voters share, remains leaving the EU with a deal in place.
“An important first step will be taking action next week to secure publication of the draft Withdrawal Agreement Bill which came about through the cross-party talks held earlier this year.
“We are not suggesting that the new deal should be a carbon copy of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) rather that it provides a solid and realistic basis on which to build, in order to reach a compromise that can pass in the Commons and avert a no-deal exit.
“Further delay without a purpose will simply add to voter anger. Boris Johnson must therefore use the coming month to secure a deal that he can put to Parliament as soon as we re-convene on 14 October.
“This would enable him to go to the EU summit on 18 October with a strong mandate, and the purpose of any extension would then be crystal clear.
“We are convinced that the Parliamentary numbers willing to support a deal will grow. MPs want our departure resolved and so do the British people.
“This group will work together towards this outcome.”
Notes to editors
MPs for a Deal will be holding an informal press briefing in Parliament on Tuesday 10 September Room Q Portcullis House at 10am.