Responding to tonight’s vote stating Parliament’s intention to reject leaving the European Union without a Withdrawal Agreement, Edwin Morgan, interim Director General of the Institute of Directors:
“Parliament has clearly spoken, but for this to be more than just words, MPs now need to agree on what they want in place of no-deal. If they vote for an extension tomorrow there will still be the considerable task of convincing the EU that there is an exit deal the House of Commons can get behind. The EU has made clear they see last night’s vote against the Withdrawal Agreement as increasing the risk of a disorderly exit – UK politicians must now prove Brussels wrong.
“After more than two years of repeated disappointments, business leaders once again find themselves at the mercy of politicians, hoping that compromise will finally win out. For far too long the real interests and concerns of employers and their staff have played second fiddle to the political psychodrama that our trading partners and competitors have been watching with bemusement.
“The patience of companies has long since been exhausted. Our politicians just need to get on with it now.”