Author of Article 50 reveals how a second EU referendum could come about

James O'Brien had one of the most authoratative figures on Brexit in his LBC studio today. Lord Kerr was the man who wrote Article 50.

Parliament will vote on Theresa May's withdrawal deal on Tuesday, with the government currently looking unlikely to secure enough votes for it to pass, so where will that leave the process with regards to a second referendum, or 'People's Vote'?

Lord Kerr explained: "There's no point the House of Commons inventing some new unicorn, some magic solution. The Prime Minister is right. There is one deal the European Union have signed up to. The alternative to that is the disaster of the cliff edge on 29th March.

"But the Court of Justice said there is a third option that if we want to, we can decide to retain exactly the deal we've got."

When pressed on what would need to happen for this to occur, the peer said: "Stage one: next week, I think it is inevitable that the deal Mrs May has negotiated fails in the House of Commons.

"Stage two: within a finite number of days, she has to come forward with a motion saying what it is she wants to do. At some stage, the Labour Party may want to try a vote of no confidence and see if it can bring about an election. In my view that is unlikely to work, but it is Labour policy.

"If that doesn't work, it seems to me that the amendable motion which the government is required to produce is likely to be amended to allow for checking with the public which of the three options that are available they want.

"Do they want the deal, do they want no deal or do they want our existing deal with the European Union?"

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