Theresa May’s Brexit timetable is on track after MPs overwhelming backed the Government’s Article 50 bill in the Commons last night. Not everyone is happy with the role that Parliament has played so far in holding ministers’ feet to the fire over Brexit though. In its editorial this morning, the Guardian says MPs failed their first test: ‘Too many MPs genuflected’ to the referendum outcome – a result which the paper describes as one of the worst political decisions in the UK since the second world war. It seems as though the referendum took away Parliament’s power – and not even the ‘heroic efforts’ of Gina Miller in winning her case in the Supreme Court have helped get it back – the paper says. So what next? All is not lost, says the Guardian. ‘Procedural concessions’ have been made by the Government on what kind of say Parliament will now have on the process of Brexit. This is clearly a welcome step. While ‘MPs have also made it clear that they expect the existing rights of EU citizens to live in the UK to be an inalienable part of any final deal’. And for all the failings of the last week, MPs will still have a chance over the coming months and years to stand up for their views. The Guardian concludes by suggesting Remain-minded MPs should take a leaf out of the ‘Eurosceptics’ book – and ’relearn the practicalities of using their power as effectively’ as John Major’s famous bastards once did.
This attitude is nonsense, says the Daily Telegraph. Despite the hopes of some ‘Remainers’ that MPs could block Brexit, politicians have seen sense and realised the ‘logic’ of the view that the referendum result must be implemented.