Former Downing Street fixer Sir Oliver Letwin told the Evening Standard: “I do believe there is a cross-party majority for that solution in the House of Commons.” Whilst Nicky Morgan added: “It has been clear for months now that a consensus in Parliament can be found around access to the single market and being part of a customs union, which points towards a Norway-plus solution.” It comes after MPs were told a second referendum was the only way to break the deadlock in Parliament.
Former Cabinet minister Justine Greening warned Parliament would remain deadlocked under the current deal, before urging the Government to “ask the people” to break the impasse.
The Tory former education secretary told MPs a referendum could be held in the next 22 weeks as she derided Theresa May’s current plan.
Ms Greening said the deal negotiated by the Prime Minister was the equivalent of asking someone to “jump out of a plane without knowing if your parachute is there and attached”.
She said: “If this was anything else comparable, for example a big infrastructure project, we’d have a national policy statement that might be a thousand pages of detail for the House to consider.
“Here we’ve got just 26 pages, a proposed deal on leaving the European union is perhaps the ultimate national policy statement, yet we’ve virtually nothing, it’s the political equivalent of being asked to jump out of a plane without knowing if your parachute is there and attached, it’s like agreeing to move out of your house without knowing where your going to live next or not even having agreed the sales price but selling out and signing a contract anyway.
“None of us would do this in our own lives, yet this Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration asks us to do it on behalf of our country.”
Yesterday Mrs May suffered three crucial defeats in the House of Commons, in the second key vote MPs voted in favour to hold the Government in “contempt” of Parliament.
This forced to government to publish the full legal advise on the Brexit deal.
Parliament also voted in favour of Dominic Grieve’s motion by 321 votes to 299 which gives MP’s greater influence in Brexit should Mrs May’s deal be rejected in six days time.
In a fiery moment at Prime Minister’s questions the Prime Minister was accused of “misleading the House of Commons” by the SNP over the highly controversial Irish backstop.
SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford accused Mrs May of ”concealing the facts on her Brexit deal”, saying the Withdrawal Agreement would allow Northern Ireland to remain in the EU’s single market – while Scotland could not.
Mrs May refuted the claim at the dispatch box and said the copy of the full legal advice he was holding was “no different” to the statement the Attorney General Geoffrey Cox made on Monday.
She added: “I have myself said on the floor of this House that there is indeed no unilateral right to pull out of the backstop.
“What I have also said is that it is not the intention of either party that the backstop should be used in the first place, or that if it is used, should be anything other than temporary.”