Brexit in Bedford: Parliamentary deadlock is an “unprecedented crisis”

Brexit in Bedford

Bedford and Kempston MP, Mohammad Yasin, has called the Parliamentary deadlock over Brexit an “unprecedented crisis” as a new poll reveals 58% of residents in his constituency want a final say on Europe.

The research carried out by Right to Vote surveyed people across the UK and found that Bedford and Kempston once again mirrors the mood of the nation.

58% of voters in the UK also say it’s time for parliament to allow a national vote on how we leave Europe.

Read: Woodfines Solicitors and Bedford Independent Brexit poll results revealed

Speaking to the Bedford Independent about the poll, Mohammad Yasin MP (Lab) said: “I have never disputed that the vote in 2016 was to leave the EU, but the referendum did not establish a view of how this should happen.

“It is clear now that Parliament is unable to decide how best to leave. The PM’s negotiations have failed and, despite the best efforts of MPs to seek compromise, Parliament is deadlocked.

“Whatever compromise agreement comes out of negotiations between the PM and Jeremy Corbyn, I believe it will need to be taken back to the people.

“It’s far from a perfect solution, but this is an unprecedented crisis.”

In North East Bedfordshire, 53% of voters also said they wanted a final say. Alistair Burt MP (Con) added: “I understand a desire to vote again, but I do not believe there is any agreement on what would be the question put to voters.

“Right to Vote want the question to be the agreed deal or remain in the EU. But that excludes those who want to vote on a no deal option, or some alternative plan to what may be finally agreed by Parliament/Government and the EU.

“Until there is some clarity about what people actually want on a further Referendum ballot, I remain unsure if it is the answer. And the rejection of a further vote from those who believe they have already voted on Brexit should not be glossed over.

It may yet be the answer but it is far from being a ‘get out of jail free’ card.”

Dr Phillip Lee MP, chair of Right to Vote said of the results: “Over 58% of the British public have expressed a wish to have a final say on the Brexit process.

“Does the Prime Minister acknowledge that with the on-going impasse here at Westminster around Brexit, and despite her best endeavours to pass her deal – and indeed the ongoing endeavours of this House to find a compromise – that the British public are right to increasingly think they should have a final say before proceeding with Brexit?”

Dr Phillip Lee MP
Dr Phillip Lee MP

In other areas of the country, the poll also revealed that voters in the seats of every Westminster party leader want a final say:

  • 59% in Theresa May’s Maidenhead constituency
  • 75% in Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s Islington North seat
  • 61% in SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford’s Ross, Skye and Lochaber seat
  • 60% in The Independent Group’s Heidi Allen’s South Cambridgeshire seat
  • 71% in Lib Dem Vince Cable’s Twickenham seat
  • 61% in Plaid Cymru Westminster leader Liz Saville Roberts’s Dwyfor Meirionnydd seat

Dominic Grieve MP, a co-founder of Right to Vote, said: “Asking for more time and opposition help to salvage a deal nobody wants is yet again merely delaying the moment of truth.

“We need a meaningful delay to agree a practical and credible proposal which can be put to the people for a final say. What started with the people should end with the people.”

Right to Vote was formed in January by several MPs who say they disagree with the Government’s handling of Brexit.

Co-founders include Dominic Grieve, Justine Greening, Sam Gyimah, Heidi Allen, Anna Soubry and Dr Sarah Wollaston.

Data was collected by campaign group Right to Vote involving 9,500 adults across Britain.