Bishop's Stortford's MP argues 'we need to get on with Brexit' as he backs Boris
Bishop's Stortford's Conservative MP Mark Prisk has pledged to toe the party line and back Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Parliament tonight (Tuesday, September 3) on Brexit.
MPs against no deal have put forward legislation as the House of Commons returns after summer recess aimed at forcing the PM to ask for Brexit to be delayed until January 31, unless MPs approved a new deal or voted in favour of a no-deal exit by October 19.
Mr Prisk told the Indie this morning: "I will be supporting the Government in the lobbies tonight. The Prime Minister is entitled to have the freedom and time to negotiate with the EU, which these 'rebel' proposals would undermine. 650 MPs can't negotiate with Brussels and we need to get on with Brexit.
"Talk of a coup is wrong. First, Parliament has had three years to debate Brexit and, despite approving Article 50, has since voted down the only deal three times.
"Second, the real crunch period comes at the EU Council on October 17-18. The following Monday will be when Parliament should then decide what to do, not now. Nothing in the prorogation proposals stops that.
"My main concern has always been that the hard-liners on both sides – Remainers and Leavers – have refused to listen or compromise. As long as that remains the case then all political decisions – not just Brexit – will be stuck, unable to progress. For any decision to be made and for any subsequent reconciliation to begin, all MPs need to listen more and to think how they can work together for our common good."
On Monday, in a statement outside 10 Downing Street, Mr Johnson made it clear that there were no circumstances in which he would delay Brexit on October 31, even if that meant the UK quitting without a trade deal.
In November last year, Mr Prisk issued a statement on his website which still reads: "If we were to leave without a deal it would have an immediate impact on the economy, on travel and on our jobs. It would also make it harder to secure any future trade deal with EU countries, meaning we'd be left in trading limbo for years to come."
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