An MP has asked Pope Francis to pray for a miracle so that Brexit can finally be delivered.
Sir David Amess, Conservative MP for Southend West, was attending the canonisation of John Henry Newman in Rome on 13 October as part of a cross-party delegation.
He said the group made their request when the delegation met Pope Francis.
“The House should know that we asked the Holy Father if he would pray for a miracle so that we can deliver Brexit,” Sir David told the House of Commons during the Queen’s Speech debate.
“And when we asked him if the next canonisation would be a British MP, his eyes lifted up to heaven.”
Sir David made his comments in response to a“strange and “subdued” atmosphere in the House of Commons.
“Perhaps it’s because colleagues are stressed out for various reasons,” Sir David said, alluding to the protracted Brexit negotiations.
The delegation to Rome featured members of the SNP, Labour and Conservative parties. Sir Edward Leigh, Mike Kane, Steven Pound and Patrick Grady were among the list of MPs who attended the canonisation.
Patrick Grady (SNP) was quick to distance himself from the miracle request.
“There was a great degree of cross-party consensus, but praying for a miracle to deliver Brexit was absolutely not part of the SNP’s contribution,” he said.
Sir David replied: “I hope that a miracle happens and Brexit is fixed and we do leave the EU on October 31.”
There is a possibility that the miracle could actually take place. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced today that a Brexit deal has been agreed between UK and EU negotiating teams.
However, the deal will still need to be approved by both the UK and European parliaments.
Picture: The Houses of Parliament. (Wikipedia)