Last week was a huge week for Brexit votes and, unsurprisingly, not much changed.
Firstly, I was exasperated at the Parliamentary groundhog day we experienced when Theresa May’s deal was defeated by a crushing margin for the second time. It showed that both Leavers and Remainers refuse to support the Prime Minister’s botched Brexit deal.
I have consistently opposed this deal from the day Theresa May secured it, on the basis that it pales in comparison to the deal we already have as members of the EU. It is clear that Tory MPs can also not support this deal, and the Prime Minister can therefore not control her own party.
Secondly, I welcomed another cleared hurdle towards a much-needed People's Vote - MPs finally voted to take no deal off the table. However, this can only be taken as mere window dressing and we could still be on course for a no-deal Brexit. There is no question in my mind that a no-deal scenario would be disastrous.
Disastrous for local businesses up and down the country, for our NHS and, in Oxfordshire especially, the university and science sectors.
I have done and will do everything I can to ensure a no-deal Brexit doesn't happen and we get a final say on the Brexit deal with the option to remain.
Finally, I was relieved that MPs were sensible enough to vote to extend Article 50. After utter chaos from the two main parties it's now high time we extended Article 50 to have a People's Vote on the Brexit deal. This seems to be the only way to break the deadlock. I was hugely disappointed to see both the Labour Party and the Tories not support the People's Vote amendment, but this will not stop me and the Liberal Democrats fighting for it.
Our message is clear: the Liberal Democrats have always been the party who are unashamedly pro-EU. We want an exit from Brexit and we think it’s time the two main parties stopped failing the people and supported our calls for a final say on the Brexit deal with the option to remain.