View from the House: I will not back May's disastrous deal
PUBLISHED: 08:00 09 December 2018
I have never known such uncertainty in politics.
We are in the middle of five full days of parliamentary debate with a Meaningful Vote on Theresa May’s EU Withdrawal plan next Tuesday, December 11.
I have received hundreds of emails, postcards and letters from constituents on Brexit and I have consistently voted to mitigate the damage which would be caused by UK withdrawal from the European Union.
I voted against triggering Article 50.
In my election address in the general election last year I pledged to be a strong pro European voice and to vote for continued membership of the single market and the customs union.
I will vote against the Theresa May deal.
It is contrary to the promises made in the referendum.
It also means the UK would give up the influence we have now.
Under her proposal we would be tied into EU rules but would have no seat at the table, no voice and no vote in the making of those rules.
I will also vote to stop our country crashing out of the EU without a deal in March.
That means that parliament must assert its authority and take back control by instructing the government to extend or withdraw Article 50.
I will also vote for a People’s Vote referendum to enable my constituents and the rest of our country to decide whether they want to support Theresa May’s bad withdrawal deal or the much better deal we already have by remaining in the European Union.