Responding to the decision by Commons Speaker John Bercow to rule out the Conservative Government holding another vote on its previously rejected Brexit agreement if the motion remains "substantially the same", Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake said:
“It has been an outrageous waste of time witnessing the Prime Minister not only delay the meaningful vote time and time again, but then repeatedly bringing it back to a vote unchanged.
“I cannot understand how Theresa May expects MPs to change their minds, but will not give the public that same right.
“Any Brexit deal will be worse than what we currently have as members of the EU.
“It is absolutely clear that Brexit will hit jobs, the NHS and weaken our position in the world. No matter how someone voted in 2016, nobody voted for that.
“People deserve better than this utter mess cooked up by the Tories. Liberal Democrats will not allow the UK to crash out of the EU. If that possibility comes close to becoming reality, we will argue for Brexit to be cancelled, by revoking Article 50.
“Ultimately, however, what started with democracy should end with democracy. That is why the Liberal Democrats have led the campaign to give the people the final say on Brexit, including the option to stay in the EU.”