Today, we’re battling the snowy weather, armed with our Essex and EU flags, out in London on an open top bus!
We have been to Regent Street, Trafalgar Square, and all around the square mile as we campaign to promote the issues surrounding the vote in Parliament this evening.
We’re thankful to all of our supporters today!
Parliament needs to have a say on what happens at every stage of the Brexit debate.
We all need to be heard.
Read more here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-41975277
Read the Guardian’s take on events here:
Theresa May faces first Brexit bill defeat, say Commons rebels
Theresa May is facing her first Commons defeat on her Brexit bill within days, amid a last-minute plea to pro-European Tories to force a “truly meaningful vote” on Britain’s final EU deal. Leading Tory rebels believe they have a real chance of securing the measure, with party whips also said to be worried that they cannot prevent an embarrassing defeat for the prime minister before she heads off to Brussels for a historic EU summit.
In a joint statement on Saturday night, senior figures from across the Commons told the Observer that MPs considering whether or not to join this week’s rebellion should “put the national interest, not party politics, first”.
The statement is signed by the leaders of the all-party parliamentary group on EU relations, including former Tory business minister Anna Soubry, Labour’s Chuka Umunna, Jonathan Edwards from Plaid Cymru, Stephen Gethins from the SNP, Caroline Lucas from the Greens and Jo Swinson from the Lib Dems. They warn that ministers may be quick to use “exceptional powers to take the UK out of the EU on a bad deal, or with no agreement at all”.
“It has been said that in the EU referendum last year, the British people voted to ‘take back control’ of our laws,” they write. “For many, that meant a powerful reassertion of parliamentary sovereignty. As such, we parliamentarians have a solemn duty to scrutinise the actions of the executive. On no subject is this scrutiny more important and more necessary than Brexit.
“Members of all parties have already provided valuable scrutiny to the EU (Withdrawal) bill, and we have forced the government into some concessions. But little of that will matter unless we can have a truly meaningful vote on the withdrawal agreement the government negotiates with the European Union.”
The warning comes as a poll suggests that most voters back handing MPs a final say on the deal. A BMG poll for the political website Left Foot Forward found that 61% backed giving MPs such a vote, including 52% of the over-55s and 39% of Tory voters. Most (58%) also believed MPs should have a final say on the EU divorce bill. The poll was conducted online among 1,500 people between 5-8 December and was weighted to reflect the population.