A group of Remain MPs including Nick Clegg have vowed to hold the Government to account
With the Prime Minister due to trigger Article 50 in just over 24 hours time, the cross-party Open Britain campaign group today vowed to represent Remainer interests.
They put forward ten “pledges” to Mrs May, describing the list as a “Brexit contract between the UK Government and the British people”.
The group said they wanted the promises made by the Government and the Vote Leave campaign to be kept – with no rowing back on pledges.
The group said, while they did not necessarily agree with the promises, those responsible for orchestrating Brexit must keep their word.
Chris Leslie of Labour, Nick Clegg of the Lib Dems and Nicky Morgan of the Conservatives declared “the phoney war is over” and urged the government to listen to their demands.
They said: “Now that Article 50 is being triggered, people will expect these promises to be delivered: this is the Government’s Brexit Contract with the British people.”
HUNDREDS of protesters gather in Parliament Square Mon, March 13, 2017
Dramatic images as hundreds of protesters have gathered in Parliament Square calling for MPs to guarantee the rights of EU citizens living in Britain after Brexit
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Protesters hold up placards as they take part in a protest in support of an amendment to guarantee legal status of EU citizens, outside the Houses of Parliament in London
The ten demands are:
- Same benefits outside the single market
- New trade deals ready to sign on day one
- Major savings from the EU budget
- No change to Northern Ireland border arrangements
- Preserving citizens’, workers’ and environmental rights
- Protecting national security
- Maintaining the integrity of the United Kingdom
- Strengthening science and research
- Out of the EU by March 2019
- Dramatic reduction of migration
They added: "As patriots, we want the best for our country. As realists, we fear the Government’s Brexit Contract may not deliver that outcome. And as democrats, we think that should be a judgement people and Parliament are able to make.
"Indeed, if the Contract cannot be honoured we fear it increases the chances of the UK leaving the EU with no deal at all. This would be the worst of all worlds, meaning tariffs on goods trade so higher prices for consumers and businesses, service trade restricted so jobs at risk, and the UK opting for a worse trading position than any other major economy."
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