In the House of Commons last night pro-European Union MPs – including Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth Stephen Doughty – were roundly defeated in their attempted bid to wreck Brexit [the UK’s departure from the European Union] .
MPs were voting on a series of anti-democratic “wrecking amendments” to the EU Withdrawal Bill which had been cooked-up by unelected pro-EU peers in the House of Lords .
Some MPs – including Doughty – had seen the debate as another opportunity to try to reverse the overwhelming “LEAVE” vote in the 2016 National Referendum and to keep the UK shackled in some way to the European Union – an outcome which would have defied the express wishes of the majority of voters in Wales and across the UK.
Despite his anti-democratic stance, Doughty claimed to have patriotism on his side . He said “There are patriots on all sides of this house who are willing to vote with their conscience, with their constituents, and with the interests of their country at heart”… ignoring the fact that the country actually voted to LEAVE the European Union .
In a confused and dislocated speech, Doughty said he would be “supporting the Lords in their amendment on the meaningful vote” .
Somewhat tangentially, Doughty then went on to pay tribute to two of his pro-EU pals who had recently died. He said “We are in this place [ i.e. the House of Commons] and indeed in this life, for only a very short time and there are some things which we will make compromise one and move over but when it comes to the very, very big defining issues of our time – and this one of them – we should be voting with our conscience, we should be voting in the interests of our country. And we should be doing that in the interests of a better future for all of our constituents “.
But Doughty’s peroration didn’t appear to have swayed MPs one iota. When the Commons votes were tallied-up, the result of was that the pro-EU, anti-Brexit, “Remainers” – including Doughty – had been roundly defeated by 324 votes to 298 .