Institute for Government responds to to Parliament's 'meaningful vote'

By agency reporter
January 16, 2019

Following the government's heavy defeat yesterday (15 January 2018) in which the deal setting out the terms of Britain's exit from the EU was rejected by 230 votes, the Institute for Government (IFG) has issued a statement.

Bronwen Maddox, Director of the IFG, said:  “Tonight’s historic vote – and the Government’s subsequent historic defeat – mean a no deal Brexit remains a real possibility. Our work shows that the Government is woefully underprepared for such an outcome. Key deadlines have already passed and businesses have not been given the direction which they need to prepare.

“Parliament’s inability to coalesce around a preferred option means that the Government’s legislative preparations for Brexit – with or without a deal – are well off track. If the Prime Minister wins the confidence of the House, her offer to build consensus must be a genuine one which is taken seriously by opposition parties.”

*Institute for Government


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