Liam Fox says Government would have “Betrayed” Britain if Withdrawal Agreement Fails

Liam Fox, the Secretary of State for International Trade, has attacked the Government in which he serves for failing to honour the referendum result. Fox said voters would be “betrayed” if Theresa May, the Prime Minister, fails to get the Withdrawal Agreement through the House of Commons.

The Government unexpectedly scrapped the proposed date of leaving the European Union on 29 March 2019, with no confirmation on when the new departure date would be.

Fox, speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, said:

“A lot of people voted in the referendum who had not voted in general elections or other elections in recent years and felt that this was one time when their vote genuinely would count because we were outside the constituency system. I think that those people will feel very betrayed if we don’t deliver it.”

Keir Starmer, the Shadow Secretary of State for Departing the European Union, said that Labour wouldn’t be backing the withdrawal programme, adding on the same radio programme:

“We’ve always said the problem with the deal is it’s blind, it’s so thin. Take the political declaration off and it’s completely blind. You’ve no idea what you’re really voting for. Taking the political declaration off makes a bad situation worse. It’s the blindest of blind Brexits. Now the prime minister has said she is going to be stepping down, so the political declaration, the future relationship, is going to be determined in a Tory leadership exercise, because even if this prime minister gave us assurances about what she’s going to do in the future, they don’t mean anything any more.”