Lord Baker: 'A defeat would set us on a path to a Labour government'
Michael Gove, a passionate Brexiteer, was absolutely right when he said that if the Commons defeat Theresa May’s package next Tuesday, Brexit will be lost.
In fact, it will go further than that because a defeat would set us on a path to a Labour government.
As a former Chairman of the Conservative Party and as a strong supporter of Leave, I urge all Tory MPs to support Theresa May on December 11.
If she is defeated, Parliament will use the Grieve Amendment passed this week to stop the UK exiting with no deal on March 29 because the threat of chaos for parts of British industry and agriculture is too great.
This ironically is just what the Prime Minister wants, but it is bad news for the Brexiteers because this was their fall-back position. So, what could happen?
Theresa May attends the switch on of the Christmas tree lights outside 10 Downing Street on Thursday
We know what the EU will do if the Prime Minister loses: Donald Tusk has said there will be no further concessions or negotiations, they would just extend the leaving date from March 29 to the end of July to give time to Theresa May to gather more support.
March 29 is the day when we gain our constitutional freedom. From that date there will be no more European Commission or European Parliament or majority voting (which we usually lose) or EU ministers’ meetings telling us what to do.
March 29 is the day when constitutionally we become an independent nation state again.
Moving from that date would end Brexit, as in those extra four months, the campaign for a referendum would go into overdrive.
John McDonnell initially opposed a referendum, but now he sees it as a way for Labour to gain power. He will be helped by several Tory MPs supporting a ‘People’s Vote’.
If this second referendum resulted in a Remain victory it would create a generation of bitterness.
In our society there would be deep division arising from a sense of betrayal from which populism will gain ground here in the UK, just as it has done in America, Germany, Italy, Spain and now France.
Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks during Prime