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PC2: No Deal and Parliamentary Wranglings
#21
If there's anything Parliament said last night, it's that the we politicians need to start listening to eachother. The framing coming out of the Conservative Party corner is nothing short of deceitful, damaging and divisive. Parliament, including a sizeable contingent of Labour MPs, has not voted to block Brexit, but to block a no-deal Brexit in order to secure the better deal the Prime Minister is harping on about. In fact, the only thing Parliament has not done in the votes on these amendments is to give the possibility of stopping Brexit altogether. Let's face the facts: Parliament, led by the Labour Party, have not blocked a better deal, but are pushing the Prime Minister to extend so we can get one. They should stop talking and start listening, and they might find that actually, we want the same thing - just not in the disastrous way that this unaccountable Prime Minister and his friends are trying to get it.
the Rt Hon. Emily Greenwood MP

Deputy Leader of the Labour Party (2019-)

MP for Barrow & Furness (2010-)
Secretary of State for Education (2019-)
Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Commons (2019-)

Shadow SoS for Public Services (2019)


Traits: Media Darling, Campaigning Guru, Constituency Appeal, Finite Resources
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#22
The main problem with taking no deal off the table is this - it forces negotiations one way. At the moment we have a very effective negotiating tool, if the EU do not offer us a good deal, we can walk away. I know many people do not want us to walk away at all, there are those who, like the Prime Minister and myself, would rather have a deal, but would be prepared to walk away if this cannot be reached. However, Britain’s place at the negotiations will be severely hampered if this  option is took off the table. Without that ability to say to the EU that what they have offered is no good, we would be left trying to negotiate a deal that they know we have to accept. The Labour Party and people who vote to remove the option of no deal, are giving the EU the upper hand in these negotiations, rather than supporting the UK’s right to say no. 
MP for Hexham 2005 -
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#23
Whilst this Government is determined to get a deal, we have also been stepping up no deal preparations. Securing UK access in a no deal situation to the Schengen Information System II Database is a major breakthrough and achievement that nobody thought was possible.  This key development will allow our police and law enforcement agencies to operate effectively in an no deal brexit
Harold Saxon - Conservative and Unionist Party

Leader of The Opposition
Member of Parliament for North East Somerset
Deputy Prime Minister (February 2019 - June 2019)
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#24
Advocates of "keeping No Deal on the table" tell us that it is an excellent negotiating tactic. The EU will certainly give us a good deal if we are able to walk away, they say. And yet, here we are, with a deal that those same people tell us is a bad deal. This logic doesn't stack up.

The reason that No Deal hasn't worked is that it isn't a credible threat. It isn't credible because the EU knows just as well as we do what damage it would cause.

However there is another way. Another stick that can be used. The truth is that the path to a good deal goes through Parliament. "Parliament won't accept that" is a far stronger and more believable rebuff to a poor offer than impotently threatening to shoot one's own leg off. Anyone who doubts its credibility need only look at the votes cast over the last three months. It has already worked effectively in negotiations over the UK's EU home affairs opt-outs. It is the right model for now.
Pooja Sharma | Conservative Party
MP for Hertsmere (2010-present)


Backbench Favourite, Campaign Organiser, Uninspiring

Formerly: Robert Lascelles, One Nation Party
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#25
I hate to break it to the government, but the EU already has the upper hand in the negotiations. They themselves know this: after all, the EU gave them exactly the deal they would get for their red lines, respecting the lines on the EU side, all while no deal was on the table. It's a simple matter of fact that a no deal will hurt us far more badly than it does the EU-27. The plain fact of the matter is it doesn't matter for negotiating power if no deal is off or on the table, because so long as the government insists to treat this negotiation as a zero-sum game where the EU must lose for them to win, they are never going to get a better deal. Instead, they should approach this as a win-win thing in a constructive way. That's why we blocked no deal: because without a change in attitude, it is a dead end, and with no deal on the table, that way lies disaster.
the Rt Hon. Emily Greenwood MP

Deputy Leader of the Labour Party (2019-)

MP for Barrow & Furness (2010-)
Secretary of State for Education (2019-)
Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Commons (2019-)

Shadow SoS for Public Services (2019)


Traits: Media Darling, Campaigning Guru, Constituency Appeal, Finite Resources
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#26
"Pretty boy Will Croft might think that talking tough in Downing Street addresses will mask the fact that the party he leads - the party of vicious austerity cuts, of the Bedroom Tax, of dignity-stripping Universal Credit - has nothing but disdain for working people, for the exploited and oppressed, for anyone who they perceive as below them on the social ladder. Well, William, I've got some sorry news for you. We see your boss's Brexit gambit for what it is: an opportunity to aggrandize the wealthy and powerful few while the rest of us are condemned to continue suffering. Colour me shocked that Croft's Tory cabinet officials are attending meetings with American officials in which the topic of selling our NHS off in an austerity auction to for-profit American companies came up. How surprised I am that the Prime Minister's right-hand-man Harold Saxon, who spent years laughing along as working communities like mine were left to decay, is focused on protecting passporting rights for bankers while workers have to hope and pray for mercy from the same people who think an economy where hundreds of thousands of people toil under exploitative zero-hours contract conditions is "strong". We have an historic opportunity to build a better world, to finally fundamentally shift wealth and power from the few to the many and it's being wasted away by a party of wannabe aristocrats, of bankers and bosses who - no matter the political moment - whether Brexit or a recession, only know one trick, who wave their wands and poof - more misery and anguish for the workers who create the wealth, more splendor and glory for those at the top."
Tommy Dawson
Labour MP for Sheffield Brightside (1979-Present)
Socialist Campaign Group.
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#27
William Croft has agreed to a deal on Northern Ireland that Theresa May said "no British Prime Minister could agree to," and which Boris Johnson called a "monstrosity" - uniting both of them for the first time in opposition to his rotten deal. Instead of taking his time to get a good deal and reach across our country and Parliament to do so, William Croft has simply given in to exactly what his predecessor, and Boris Johnson, fought so hard against - a border between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. As much as he tries to minimise it, that is exactly what we will have - checks between goods going between different parts of our country.
Eleanor Nerina | Labour MP for Brent North (2010 - )
Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation, and Sustainable Growth (2019 - )
Traits: Campaign organiser / Media darling / Finite resources
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#28
The Prime Minister's defence of his Strabane Setback shows just how out of his depth he is. When asked to defend his proposal, he cannot answer any questions or provide any reassurance. What his has made clear thus far is that small- and medium-sized enterprises in Northern Ireland will be left out in the cold by his solution. His government has no plan to prevent smuggling by groups that may try to circumvent the customs rules that he is forcing on the people of Northern Ireland. His government cannot offer plans for how regulatory checks will be carried out and and how this completely unnecessary border in the Irish Sea will be governed.

This failure to stand up for those that will be impacted by this government's callous decision in Northern Ireland is not another failure by the Prime Minister. Far from supporting commerce and free trade, they are abandoning it. Far from supporting Northern Ireland, they are abandoning it. Far from supporting our union, they are abandoning it. The Strabane Setback is "monstrosity" from a government with no plans, no policy, and no principles. We must stand together against it.
Caroline Blakesley MP DCB
Prime Minister (June 2019-)
MP for Manchester Central (2015-) | Labour
Traits: Fundraising Extraordionare, Campaign Guru, Media Darling, Constituency Pariah
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#29
While Labour has been busy do everything they can to stifle, delay, and ultimately block Brexit, the Government has been hard at work renegotiating the Withdrawal Agreement and securing a better deal for the British people. In the past few weeks, we've met with EU leaders from across the continent, re-opened the Withdrawal Agreement, and reached a new deal that eliminates the backstop and ensures the whole of the UK leaves the EU's customs union on March 29. What the whole political world was once saying impossible we, committed to doing the people's work, have succeeded in doing it.

Now compare that, for a moment, to what the Labour Party has done. They've introduced the Surrender Bill, which would take no deal off the table thereby crippling Britain's ability to get a good deal. They've introduced motion after motion attempting to delay Brexit, going so far as to try to force me to write Brussels for an extension. They've attempted to hijack the Government's legislative agenda at every turn, committed to playing every game in the book to block Brexit and legislate for a second referendum. 

Caroline Blakesley committed that she would begin tackling Labour's institutional problem with anti-semitism on day one. Has she? No. She promised to respect the will of the British people and honor the 2016 referendum. Has she? No. She promised to unite her party in order to focus on the issues that matter to working Britons. Has she? No. 

While Labour continues to fight with themselves over how to resolve Brexit, and to decide if they even believe in it or our democracy, and I will make one simple promise to all of you. This Government will charge a head, undeterred and never tiring, with doing the people's work and getting Brexit done.
William Grey MP - Conservative Party 

MP for Romford (2015 - )

Backbench Favorite, Campaigning Guru, Socially Unaware 
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#30
The Prime Minister has no plans, no policy - only tirades. He can attack Labour for working to block his no deal, no win Brexit. But it's not just Labour - members of his own party are fighting to block him. That's why tried and true Tories like Robert Lascelles, Ken Clarke, and Philip Hammond were unceremoniously kicked to the curb. The Prime Minister can rant and rave to his heart's content but the truth is that the only cross-party consensus is against the Prime Minister's wreck-it Brexit.

As for achieving the impossible, he certainly has done that. Just months ago, the political world agreed that it would be possible to break our United Kingdom and establish a border in the Irish Sea. Will Croft abandoned the principles he held for the past two years to do just that. His Strabane Setback is a Strabane Sellout for every person committed to preserving our union - his own principles included. His determination to get Brexit done is threatening the very existence of a whole and United Kingdom. That's a price that nobody in this country voted to pay.
Caroline Blakesley MP DCB
Prime Minister (June 2019-)
MP for Manchester Central (2015-) | Labour
Traits: Fundraising Extraordionare, Campaign Guru, Media Darling, Constituency Pariah
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