David Gauke: There Is A Case For Free Votes On Brexit


David Gauke, the Justice Secretary of the United Kingdom, has said that “there is a case for free votes” when the Parliament debates the Brexit motion this coming Tuesday.

Gauke has joined Amber Rudd, the Work and Pensions Secretary, in suggesting that the MPs should be able to vote according to their personal views before the Commons vote on Tuesday where Article 50 could likely be extended.

He also reemphasised that he may have to reconsider his post if there was a no-deal Brexit. In an interview with the BBC, he said that a no-deal could be “pretty disastrous” for the United Kingdom.

However, Gauke has also warned against the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union being “railroaded through.”

He stated: “What I have said repeatedly is if there is a conscious choice ‘right, that’s it, we’re going no deal’ when there are other options available, that would be something I would find extremely difficult.”

When asked whether he supported MPs being allowed to vote freely on extending article 50, he stated: “I think there is a case for free votes in this area to resolve things.”

He added: “As far as Tuesday is concerned… we need to see what all the amendments are going to be, to see whether Tuesday is a crunch point or not.”

He continued: “I do think that Parliament is entitled to be involved in this process.”

Like Gauke, Rudd voted Remain in the Brexit referendum. She has also called for free votes to be allowed ahead of the Commons vote on Tuesday in order to see what Brexit solution could command a majority.

She also recommended that the European Union could be prepared to grant “a couple of weeks” extension to the deadline of March 29.

However, Andrea Leadsom, the Commons leader, supported the plan of Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, to leave a no deal option on the table and said that she had concerns about a bill that was proposed by Labour MP Yvette Cooper which could extend Article 50 by nine months.