Lord Saatchi believes his eleventh-hour proposal will break the Commons “deadlock” by providing MPs with an alternative to Theresa May’s unpopular plan. Under his EU Membership Bill, which will be put before the House of Lords on Monday, the Prime Minister would be forced to negotiate new membership terms with Brussels. The Conservative peer’s plans would involve changes to free movement rules and allow the UK to control immigration and require the reform of EU institutions to give Britain equal voting weight with Germany.
Lord Saatchi believes his plans new terms with Brussels would address the concerns of Leave voters and could also be preferred by EU leaders.
Outlining his plan to peers on Monday, Lord Saatchi is expected to say that “nobody” is happy with the result of Brexit negotiations.
But he will argue simply remaining in the EU on existing terms would be a “national humiliation”.
The British public voted for Brexit because “we don’t like to be bossed around, particularly by the Germans, and we don’t like uncontrolled immigration”, he will say.
His plan would reduce the Berlin’s influence over the EU by restoring the UK – and possibly France – to parity with Germany in European Council votes, he will say.
Lord Saatchi will argue treaty changes which linked voting power to population size have given Germany – with 80 million inhabitants compared to the UK’s 64 million – effective control of Europe.
Meanwhile, freedom of movement would “remain a principle of the EU, but implemented in a manner which would allow member states to absorb new migrants without damaging legitimate expectations of their own citizens”.
Brussels has insisted the deal negotiated by Mrs May is the only one on offer and treaty change would require the consent of all EU member states.
But Lord Saatchi believes EU leaders may prefer his terms because they would keep Britain inside the bloc.
He will say: “These are big reforms for the EU leaders.
“But, like the British people, they may prefer them to the unattractive exit deal for everyone now on offer.”
The EU Membership Bill will come before the Lords on Monday – just a day before the Commons is scheduled to vote on Mrs May’s deal in the Commons.
More than 100 Tory MPs have previously said they will vote against the Prime Minister’s plan and there are major doubts over whether she commands the support to secure enough votes at this late stage.
If her deal is rejected, the Government will be ruined to update the Commons on how it plans to proceed.