Vicky Foxcroft MP

Member of Parliament for Lewisham Deptford

Article 50

I have received so many emails from constituents about Article 50. However, I've struggled to know whether or when to respond as we currently know so little about any action we can take. article_50flag.jpg

As you are probably aware, the court ruling does not mean the end of Brexit. The Government will be appealing the decision from the High Court that ruled MPs and Lords will have to give the go-ahead before triggering Article 50.

As it stands, the Government has given us very little information on Britain’s exit from the EU. Theresa May consistently claims the party are keeping their cards close to their chest and cannot give details of any trade negotiations. However this tactic is leading many experts to believe there is no real plan at all.

Concerns are growing and we are on a ticking clock. As well as the people of Britain, our allies in Europe also want answers. I hope the Government will refrain from using the hostile tones we have recently seen during discussions. It is important we uphold close relationships with other EU countries.

Whilst we wait for the Supreme Court’s decision on triggering Article 50 the Labour Party will continue to push the Government for information. We will continue to make sure our red lines are clear when it comes to negotiating the UK's exit deal with the EU; on employment, environmental and social protection, and on access to the European market.

I wish I could give more answers, right now it is a waiting game. In the meantime I will be keeping the website updated with any news or decisions made. 

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commented 2016-11-26 12:26:19 +0000
Thank you for the opportunity to comment.

I am one of the 48% who does not want to lose their rights as an EU citizen. I want Labour to stop fiddling while (the UK) burns and take an open, wholehearted support of remaining in the EU.
I despair when I see Tom Watson et al say Labour will not block Art 50.

Unless I see some positive action to defend membership of the EU, I will quit the Labour Party. That would be the most difficult decision I take for a very, very long time and I never imagined it would come to this.

It is now past ridiculousness that the only opposition is from ex-prime ministers. 2016 has been a year of the absurd and indefensible.

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