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BRITISH journalist and author Yasmin Alibhai-Brown made a shocking claim that UK democracy is “as bad as Zimbabwe’ while outlining her reasons on why there should be a second vote on Brexit.
She said campaigners would try and make it “less dodgy” than the first referendum, despite acknowledging how a so-called ‘People’s Vote’ would indeed be a “big gamble”.
Sky News host Adam Boulton said: “People aren’t changing their minds, so if you want to go for this People’s Vote it’s a big gamble. It would just divide the country further.”
To which Ms Alibhai-Brown replied: “It is a big gamble and I’m completely prepared to live with it, but this time let’s not make it as dodgy as it was last time.
“You know we are as bad as Zimbabwe sometimes because we had all this going on we’re not looking at that.”
Mr Boulton interjected: “We had more people voting than ever before.”
The author and journalist responded: “Yes but how were they influenced, what were the tricks, Arron Banks, all of that.”
Remainer Dominic Grieve secured a parliamentary victory on Tuesday when he re-proposed an amendment to the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement that will allow Parliament to continue to have a say on future Brexit plans after – and if – Theresa May’s deal is voted down by the House of Commons on December 11.
The amendment could take a no-deal scenario off the table forcing Brexiteers to vote in favour of the Prime Minister’s deal to avoid Brexit being stopped altogether.
As he presented his motion to the House, Mr Grieve said: “The House will recall that back in last June issues arose about how the House should proceed in the event of the Government’s motion being rejected.
“That time my Rt. Honourable friend the Prime Minister presented to me that if the motion were tone made amendable- the motion to be considered thereafter – it would in some way interfere with her ability to negotiate.
“Which is why having reflected on her view I took the decision to vote against my own amendment when it was presented to this House because I listened to what she had to say to me.
“But the reality remains that we have an unsatisfactory procedure to resolve differences of opinion in this House, if and obviously, it’s an if, we come to a point where the Government does not succeed on its motion and the opportunity exists this afternoon to cure that anomaly.
“And as was so rightly said by the speaker for the opposition, it is contrary to all sensible practice and I have to say slightly disrespectful of the role of this House, that we should end up with a situation in which we have unamendable motions for consideration at a time when Parliament ought to be fully focused on trying to find means of resolving outstanding issues.
“And it’s for that reason that I put forward this amendment which would in very simple terms cure that problem and provide reassurance even before we start on these really important debates, that whatever the outcome next week we have a means of continuing the debate thereafter if we need to in a way that must be in conformity with what any right-thinking member of this House would think to be the proper procedure and process to adopt.”
The amendment sought to allow Parliament to have more of a say on Brexit plans if the Government’s EU Withdrawal Agreement is rejected by MPs. It was approved by 321 votes to 299, majority 22.
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is a British journalist and author, who describes herself as “a leftie liberal, anti-racist, feminist, Muslim, part-Pakistani”. A regular columnist for the i and the London Evening Standard, she is a well-known commentator on immigration, diversity, and multiculturalism issues. –— UK Express