My view on Brexit

I voted and campaigned to Remain in 2016 based on my view that the opportunities that the membership of the European Union is beneficial for our economy and let’s us benefit from freedom of movement.

When the Parliament voted to trigger Article 50 and begin the Brexit process, I voted against Article 50 and you can read my reasoning for doing so here. I voted against Theresa May’s deal because her red lines that she set out at the start of the negotiation process has created a deal that will leave us worse off. I support the efforts to secure a ‘people’s vote’ to give the public the chance to have their say on the Brexit deal the Prime Minister has proposed or to choose an alternative, including remaining in the European Union.

Now that the clock is ticking down as we reach 29 March, it’s clear that there’s a parliamentary deadlock. In order to resolve this and restore trust in our democracy, I’ve proposed that we adopt the use of a citizens assembly, a panel of 250 people scientifically selected to reflect the UK, to look at the options available and make recommendations to Parliament.

Many of my constituents in Walthamstow have contacted me about there concerns regarding ending freedom of movement. Some of these have been EU citizens living in the UK, others have benefited from the ability to live and work in the EU. Freedom of movement is something that I value and needs to be defended, even when those conversations can be difficult. I tabled an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill to uphold it, but sadly it was not accepted. As part of this I made a short film of Walthamstow residents to show the value of freedom of movement.

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