Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has backed the motion by a cross-party alliance of MPs to take control of business, in order to prevent a no-deal Brexit on 31 October. Plans by the UK government to suspend Parliament for five weeks in the to the current Brexit deadline have provoked concern that the UK will leave the EU without a deal.
Commenting, Mr. Carmichael said:
“The Liberal Democrats are speaking for a substantial number of people in the country who say we’ve had enough of this and it’s time to stop it. We’re not going to play Boris Johnson’s games.”
Speaking after the vote, Mr. Carmichael said:
“Taking control of business is a serious undertaking. This vote was not the first choice of the cross-party group of MPs who came together today. It was forced by the reckless of a government that has no respect for parliamentary democracy.
“Boris Johnson suggested in his statement that his plan to leave the EU with or without a deal was helping to progress deal negotiations. There is no evidence that this is the case. Even today the Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland warned again of the “very real risk” of the return of a hard border.
“Today’s vote is a measured and necessary first step to ensure Parliament’s role in the Brexit process, and to defend our communities from a damaging and destructive no-deal Brexit.”