Carmichael backs election to break gridlock


Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has put his support behind an early general election as the only way to end gridlock over Brexit. The House of Commons voted on Tuesday to back an election after assurances were made by the Government that a no-deal Brexit could not be forced before January 31, 2020.

Commenting, Mr. Carmichael said:

“Boris Johnson’s ‘do-or-die’ October Brexit deadline has failed. Now that no-deal is off the table, we must break the gridlock with a general election.

“Ideally I would have wanted to see a People’s Vote. Unfortunately there is no majority in Parliament for that so an election is necessary. We can’t predict what the main issue in any election will be, but we need more MPs in the next Parliament who will support a People’s Vote. Otherwise the country will remain divided. There are, of course, no guarantees that a people’s vote will fix these divisions. but it is the only way to start a process that may eventually lead to a healing.”

He continued:

“Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn are both unfit to lead our country. I am confident that the public are ready to back a party that puts the integrity of our country first, rather than drawing lines to divide us.”


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