Thank you to everyone who has emailed regarding the latest Brexit developments.
I was, of course, in Parliament for ‘Super Saturday’ and voted in favour of the Letwin amendment, which stated that Parliament would withhold approval for the Prime Minister’s deal until the withdrawal bill to implement Brexit has passed. After the vote I managed to join the People’s Vote march for a while to show my continued support for a second referendum.
The Prime Minister wasted no time in putting the withdrawal bill before Parliament and on Tuesday 22nd October I voted against both its Second Reading and the Government’s programme motion. As you will no doubt have seen in the news, the Bill did pass Second Reading but the programme motion was voted down.
The programme motion laid out the timetable for the rest of the Bill’s passage. If it had been agreed, we would have been expected to get through all stages of the Bill by the end of last week. The proposed timetable was totally inadequate and would have given us nowhere near enough time to scrutinise the 110 page Bill.
After much deliberation, the EU has now granted us a three month extension to the Brexit deadline. This means that Labour’s condition that no deal should be taken off the table before we would support a general election has now been met and the country will go to the polls on December 12th.
As we move towards that election, I would like to reiterate that my position on Brexit has not changed. I am still pushing for a referendum, with remain and a deal (ideally one agreed by a Labour Government) on the ballot paper.
Thank you once again for taking the time to get in touch. I truly appreciate the fact that so many constituents have written to me to express their views.