“Very broadly Theresa May is right in saying that something they (MPs) have to be prepared to take the tough decisions and ... no individual MP can expect to get everything that he or she wants,” said Rodney Shakespeare in an interview with the Press TV on Sunday.
The comments came as May reiterated her plea for approval of the government’s Brexit deal in a Tuesday vote of the Commons, saying in a newspaper article that the MPs needed to set aside personal and political interests and think of their country first.
Shakespeare said the political stand-off in the Commons were directly a result of growing intransigence of the lawmakers about Brexit, Presstv reported.
“The position in the UK parliament is teetering on the point of a political catastrophe and an economic one,” said Shakespeare, adding, “The reason is that the members if parliament as a whole are all saying what they are against but they are not saying exactly what it is they are for.”
The analyst said holding a second referendum on Brexit, as demanded by a significant number of lawmakers, would not be a solution as it could be highly divisive.
He said there would be the chance that results of such a second vote, if it is Yes or No on Brexit, would necessitate a third referendum given what Britons voted for in the original Brexit vote in June 2016.
He said a referendum with several options, including remain, various types of Brexit or current government deal would also be problematic as “none of the options might get 50 percent, the winning option might be somewhere around about 25-28 percent.”
Shakespeare said it is almost certain that members of the British parliament are going to turn down the government deal, adding, however, that MPs could take a very quick choice and compromise on May’s deal.
“There is a chance that members of parliament will grow up, act like adults and accept there is no perfect solution,” he said, adding, “The government’s deal is in fact half Leaving and half Remaining. So to one extent it satisfies nobody, on the other hand it gives the Leavers half what they want and it gives Remainers half what they want.”