The Liberal Democrats will vote against an amendment in the Commons tonight that would tie MPs to voting unconditionally for Article 50, the mechanism which would see Britain begin divorce proceedings from the European Union.
Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: “We cannot support a parliamentary stitch up that would deny the people a vote on the final deal.
“An amended motion would fail to include any meaningful commitment from the Conservative Brexit government to produce the equivalent of a White or Green Paper setting out its position on such fundamental questions as to whether it wants Britain to remain in the Single Market.
“I call on the Labour Party to remember it calls itself the Official Opposition. It should not cave in to Conservative attempts to deny the public a final say on the most important question facing the country in a generation. It is appalling that a so-called opposition could allow itself to be muzzled by the Government on an issue that will face this country for years to come.
“It is now clear that the Liberal Democrats are the real opposition to the Conservative Brexit government, striving to keep Britain open, tolerant and united.”