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Politics / Carmichael reacts to Brexit vote postponement

ISLES MP Alistair Carmichael has renewed his call for a referendum on the Brexit deal – the so-called people’s vote – after it emerged that Tuesday’s meaningful vote in the House of Commons is likely to be postponed.

Several national news organisations reported on Monday morning that the Brexit vote would now not take place on Tuesday. A statement by the Prime Minister in the parliament has been confirmed for 3.30pm this afternoon.

Reacting to the development, Carmichael said the move was a clear admission that the government was unlikely to get the unpopular Brexit deal through the parliament.

“If the government does not now go ahead with the vote on Theresa May’s deal then its authority will be trashed forever,” the Orkney and Shetland MP said.

“Businesses across the country, and in particular those in the Northern Isles, need to know what is happening and what the future holds for them.

“Parliament clearly cannot manage this process. The only way for the country to resolve this issue now is for a people’s vote.”