MPs will vote down this deal

MPs will vote down this deal

Since I was elected as the MP for Batley and Spen just over two years ago, I’ve had one overriding goal – to do the best I possibly can for my constituents.

And as long as you see fit to elect me as your MP, that will not change.

The reason I mention this is to explain to you my thought process on Brexit and to assure you my decisions on this are never taken lightly.

I have laid awake many a night contemplating this seismic moment for our nation, and what it will mean for the people of Batley and Spen.

And, I know because you have told me, passions run incredibly high on both sides of the debate.

In my last monthly surgery, a mum and her son came to me for help after both losing their jobs, told by their employer that the uncertainty around Brexit meant costs had to be cut.

During the same surgery a man who attended on a different matter altogether broke down in tears before he left our room in Batley Library, terrified by his vision of a post-Brexit future.

Yet I am contacted on an almost daily basis by those who are excited by a future free from the constraints of the EU, who want to take back control and forge new relationships with our global partners.

I’ve had more correspondence on Brexit than anything else since I’ve been an MP – from those imploring me not to block Brexit to those demanding a people’s vote and everything in-between.

To find a satisfactory deal for all the opinions in our communities, getting it through the European Union heads of state was the task for the government as they negotiated Brexit.

In order to earn my support and that of my colleagues, the deal had to guarantee jobs and make sure our local businesses and manufacturers can continue to sell their products without new obstacles in their way.

That ask is no mean feat, and to give her credit, Theresa May has clearly worked hard to get the process to this stage.

Nevertheless, I cannot vote in favour of this deal in its current form.

The deal offers up a blind Brexit. One that doesn’t deliver the certainty for the future that businesses need, guarantee jobs or keep our hard-fought protections.

Nor does it satisfy either sides of the debate, Leave or Remain, and our country’s future is too important to accept something that’s half-baked.

I believe that when the House of Commons votes on this legislation later this month, it will vote to reject it.

At that point, the Government is going to have to go back to the European leaders and work for a better deal more urgently than ever before.

If they aren’t willing to do that, then they should step aside and make way for politicians who respect our friends and allies in Europe but also have a desire to see Britain prosper outside the EU.

I fully appreciate there’s an anxiety to finalise Brexit and move on as a united nation. I want that too. But in that anxiousness, we cannot settle for something less than satisfactory, so I’m afraid this process will continue for a while longer.

One thing is for sure though, we won’t accept no deal and I’ll keep working in your interests.


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