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Monday night

September 13, 2017 11:40 AM
By Alistair Carmichael Chief Whip Liberal Democrats
Originally published by South Lincolnshire Liberal Democrats

Alistair Carmichael (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)On Monday night, my parliamentary colleagues and I sat late into the night to conclude the latest round of debate on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.

By the time we traipsed through three times it was getting on for 1am.

This bill does more than start to implement the Brexit vote - something which many of you may think is bad enough in itself!

More than that, the bill gives power to Theresa May and her minority Conservative Government to by-pass Parliament and the tiresome business of having to persuade MPs and to win votes.

We may have lost last night's vote, but I am determined that they will not get that power without a fight.

We have also tabled a number of amendments to the bill that would keep us in the single market and the customs union, protect the rights of EU Citizens and secure an exit from Brexit, with a referendum on the final deal.

This latest battle is far from over.

Our constitution may not be a written one but it is real and it is precious and if Mrs May wants to trash it for her own party's advantage then she will not get off without a fight.

Thank you,


Alistair Carmichael
Chief Whip
Liberal Democrats

PS: Ahead of Monday night's vote, I explained in more detail what's at stake in these votes. If you missed it, you can catch up here: https://www.libdems.org.uk/this-week-could-be-the-worst-for-parliamentary-democracy-for-some-time