Amidst all the talk of front and backbench rebellions, three line whips and amendments, the e-petition which the Backbench Business Committee agreed to debate is:
Britain wants referendum to leave EU
Responsible department: Foreign and Commonwealth Office
The Daily Express is crusading to end Britain’s membership of the European Union. We want the Government to arrange for an orderly withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU either by means of an enabling referendum or directly so that the British people are once again placed in charge of their own political destiny. We would like this matter debated in parliament.
The petition doesn’t call for debate about producing White Papers or repatriating certain powers over a period of years; it calls for a debate on withdrawal and an In/Out referendum. The way things are going, by Monday afternoon, we’ll find MPs will be debating whether Auntie Mary’s recipe for Stollen is better than Uncle Tom’s wiener schnitzel.