Brexit position statement at 12.05.2019
My first ever vote was in 1973, to join the Common Market. I knew then that we must align ourselves closely to our near neighbours – or give up our rights, freedoms and trade to the US. I never imagined that all these years later I would be MP for a heavily Remain seat, fighting to stay within the EU.
My 2017 General Election manifesto was clear, and I haven’t changed my mind. We must retain the Customs Union, the benefits of the Single Market, equal rights for EU nationals, and all the current relationships and arrangements that enable people to travel, work, holiday, study and conduct research throughout the EU.
The best and most obvious way to achieve this is to ensure we Remain. Kensington Labour’s membership, our RBKC Labour Councillors – and I – have all pledged to support a public vote, on terms to be agreed. I will do everything I can to honour this pledge.
In parliament I will not tolerate ‘no deal’ and I will not support a botched Tory deal. But I will support any no confidence vote against the Prime Minister so we can have a General Election, and I will support any new vote to enable a Second Referendum on terms to be agreed, but which include an option to ‘Remain’.
The battle over Brexit has become a battle of personalities rather than a debate over ideology. This makes for very bad politics.
Labour’s pledges for the EU elections include working towards a carbon-neutral continent by 2050; strong welfare states across the EU; social security and good public services; a ban on zero-hour contracts; and no more poverty pay. These will form the foundations of a society where we can all contribute and we can all benefit.
On 23 May I will be voting for our Labour MEP candidates, who will take the debate to the European parliament and ensure your rights are preserved, and ensure that the EU serves you better into the future.
Please continue to send me your thoughts on this as the situation evolves. I read all your emails, forgive me if I don’t respond individually – I have received nearly 7,000 Brexit-related emails: firstname.lastname@example.org.