Brexit update 31st July 2019

With Parliament in gridlock I have expressed my fears that there were significant challenges for Parliament to overcome to be able to deliver a confirmatory vote. Sadly, my fears were borne out, and no consensus was found through the recent voting process. With Parliament unable to reach agreement,  a confirmatory vote, I believe, is a way to try and break the impasse. But with new Prime Minister Boris Johnson looking increasingly set to embrace a No Deal Brexit, the prospects do not look good, as by simply doing nothing he can run down the clock and crash us out of the European Union on 31 October.

The threat of no deal has increased, particularly with a Cabinet now comprising predominantly Brexiteers.  Finding a way to  stop no deal has been Labour’s focus and priority. We do not agree that the economy and our communities will be fine and despite the recent splashing of cash and messages of just get positive No Deal will be catastrophic for our country and our communities and the burden will once again fall to those who can least afford it.

Normal Parliamentary business has been almost at a standstill for months, so frightened are the Conservatives to put anything to a vote. But worst of all the fundamental issues this country needs to face – the economy, jobs, climate change, social policy and welfare concerns – remain unaddressed.  People across the country, and here in our constituency are being left to languish too often in poverty, insecure work, zero hours contracts, increased foodbank use and heart-breaking levels of child and pensioner poverty.

This Government is not working for the many.  It is serving itself and its own self-interest.  That’s why I still believe that the best way to address all the issues we now face is a General Election, which at any other time, under these circumstances, would have already been called.

The Labour Party unequivocally supports a public vote on any Brexit deal. Subsequently if there is a public vote, I will campaign to remain in the European Union as I believe that this is the best option for my constituents and this country.

Changing the leader of the Conservative party has only made things worse and increased the risk of a No Deal exit on October 31. I have attached a link to a recent Parliamentary Report about what No Deal would mean for our country.  It is well worth reading.

I will be continuing to fight to ensure that Parliament has the opportunity to find a way to ask the people – and, if we succeed, rest assured I will be campaigning to remain.