I was proud to vote against the deal today, which I believe risks our rights, protections and standards. I have always said that I would not vote for a Brexit that would make my constituents worse off and I believe any deal should be subject to a confirmatory public vote. I have stuck to this commitment and supported it in parliament. You can read more on my record here. I know that many constituents agree and were marching for this today and I echoed these calls in the House of Commons.
I have always sought to represent the views of my constituents on Brexit and protect jobs and living standards. I do not believe that this deal does that and we know we cannot trust the Prime Minister to deliver on any ‘assurances’.
Contrary to what the government claims, this does not mean that Brexit is ‘done’. In fact it is only the beginning of a process which will shape the nature of our future relationship with Europe which could stretch on for many years in some form or another.
I supported the Letwin amendment to ensure that MPs have the appropriate time to scrutinise the supporting legislation and take the immediate threat of no deal on October 31 off the table. This is essential for such a crucial decision. We will have the chance to amend it, potentially giving us an opportunity to secure a final say, with remain on the ballot. Opposition parties need to work together to find the next step.
I assure you I will continue to call for the closest possible future relationship with Europe. I will continue to call for a final say and campaign to remain in any future referendum. We must never stop fighting for the progressive, outward looking United Kingdom we believe in.