Umunna – May must not be given a blank cheque for a hard Brexit

Commenting on the Supreme Court’s decision earlier today, Chuka Umunna MP, Chair of Vote Leave Watch, said:

“The Supreme Court has declared today that the peoples’ voice through Parliament is sovereign – which is exactly what those who campaigned to Leave the European Union said they wanted. Let’s hope we hear no more from them about ‘enemies of the people.’

“The judges have done their job, and their role as public servants who interpret the law should be respected.

“There is a majority in Parliament to reflect the referendum result by voting for Article 50 to begin Brexit. But what matters now is what kind of Brexit deal we get – for which the referendum result did not contain any kind of mandate.

“We must not give Theresa May a blank cheque to negotiate a hard, destructive Brexit that could mean fewer jobs and lower living standards for working people. She has no mandate whatsoever to negotiate a deal that would damage our trade, destabilise our economy, and turn our country into the sweatshop of Europe. If all the Prime Minister can secure is a 'bad deal', she will bear responsibility for that failure."