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Darren asks constituents to complete Brexit Survey

Prior to the historic sitting of Parliament on Saturday 19th October, Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, has asked constituents to complete a survey about their views on Brexit.

If you are a constituent of Darren’s (i.e. you live in Bristol North West), you can complete the survey here.

For those who wish to discuss their views face to face or let their MP know their thoughts in their own words, Darren will be holding four Brexit Briefings, including one online on Facebook Live in 23rd October, and has received thousands of emails, campaign postcards and letters.

The results of the Brexit Survey: October 2019 will be released in early November.

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Darren warns against dangers of no deal

The Government have been forced by Parliament to publish their central planning assumptions document for a n0-deal Brexit — it includes “lorries facing waits of between 1.5 days and 2.5 days to cross the border,” disruption to medical supplies and shortages of certain kinds of food, and isn’t even the worst-case scenario. The human cost of no deal is enormous, and no responsible government would be pushing ahead with this kind of reckless strategy. We know the dangers, and I’m determined to stop them taking Britain over the precipice.

You can read the original ‘Yellowhammer’ document at the link here

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Darren welcomes Court ruling on prorogation

Commenting on the Scottish appeal court’s verdict that Boris Johnson’s prorogation of Parliament was unlawful, Bristol North West MP Darren Jones said:

Boris Johnson broke the law: that’s the unanimous finding of Scotland’s most senior judges, who this morning ruled that the decision to shutter Parliament was about dodging scrutiny. So far, so obvious — but if their unprecedented judgement that he lied to the Queen in order to do it is upheld by the Supreme Court next week then we shouldn’t mince words: the Prime Minister has to resign.

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Watch: Darren calls out snap election trap

Reflecting on Boris Johnson’s attempt to force an early election through the House of Commons, Bristol North West MP Darren Jones said:

“I’m all for an election once no-deal has definitively been taken off the table, but to agree to one now would hand Boris Johnson a blank cheque to take Britain over the cliff-edge without a Parliament to stop him. I won’t walk into that trap.”

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Darren speaks at Stop the Coup rally in Bristol

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones spoke at the pro-remain and reform ‘stop the coup’ rally held in Bristol on Saturday 31st August.

The rally was called at short notice after the Prime Minister outlined his attempt to prorogue Parliament during September and October in advance of the tabled Brexit day of 31st October 2019. Darren has shared his views on the Prime Minister’s attempt to muzzle Parliament and avoid legitimate debate.

After speaking at the rally, Darren said:

“It was a ‪ privilege to speak at the StopTheCoup rally in Bristol today. As a Member of Parliament in a remain constituency,  it’s my job to be my constituents Voice in Parliament. We won’t be closed down. We won’t let our voices be ignored”. ‬

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Darren joins cross-party push to prevent no-deal

This evening Darren stood with (now ex-)Tory rebels and other Opposition MPs in voting to empower Parliament to take control of the Brexit process and avoid a catastrophic no-deal outcome. The House of Commons voted decisively in favour of allowing debate on a bill which mandates the Prime Minister to seek a further extension if he fails to renegotiate a deal. This is a major setback for Boris Johnson’s undemocratic and reckless Brexit strategy, and a victory for sensible MPs across the political divide — but the fight’s not over yet, and it now seems inevitable that we’ll be plunged into a General Election before too long. Ultimately, it’s clear that the only democratic way to resolve this impasse is by putting Brexit back to the people in a public vote, but thanks to MPs who put the national interest before their careers we’ve taken a decisive step away from the no-deal precipice.

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Darren presses PM to back down on prorogation power-grab

In Britain, Parliament is sovereign. And in normal times, with no majority for a no-deal Brexit, the Government would have to convince more MPs or think again. We can’t move forward on Brexit by bypassing democracy. So I want to be clear: Boris Johnson’s decision to shut Parliament down for five weeks — denying MPs vital time to stand up for our constituents and act in the national interest ⁠— is the act of a tin-pot dictator, and the House of Commons must resist this constitutional outrage.

Below is the letter, signed by Darren and 147 other Labour MPs, urging the Prime Minister to think again.

 

 

 

 

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Darren comments on prorogation of Parliament

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, commented on the government’s attempt to prorogue Parliament in September and October 2019.

Darren said:

“Whether you voted leave or remain in 2016, the actions of our Prime Minister to prorogue Parliament should be a red warning light.

Suspending Parliament for weeks in the midst of the biggest crisis facing our country in many decades, and after a summer recess that should have been cut short weeks ago, screams cowardice and a slide towards autocracy.

That this man and his cadre of advisers also think they can insult our intelligence by pretending this isn’t about attempting to avoid Parliament to force-through a no-deal just adds insult to injury. However you voted in 2016 or whichever party you support, we need a Prime Minister who acts with integrity and who is prepared to face Parliament as every other Prime Minister has – if he can’t work within the rules, he simply has no place in British politics.

I will continue to do everything in my power to fight this utterly deplorable decision and a no-deal Brexit”.

Follow Darren’s work on Brexit here.

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MP writes to Avonmouth, Shire and Lawrence Weston residents

6000 letters from Darren Jones MP will be delivered to residents across Avonmouth, Lawrence Weston, Shirehampton and parts of Sea Mills and Coombe Dingle. The letter updates constituents on Darren’s work in the area including tackling flies as well as his North Bristol Transport Plan and Brexit. A significant number of constituents in the area have contacted Darren with concerns about increasing numbers of flies, noise, dust and fly tipping.

Darren Jones MP said:

“In the course of supporting local residents and understanding the concerns raised with me, I have previously met on-site with many Avonmouth-based businesses (including those that process refuse-derived fuel), Bristol City Council, Environment Agency, Wessex Water, SIMs Metal and the Port. I have recently met with the Environment Agency again, to discuss the on-going fly outbreaks which have affected the Avonmouth area during periods of warm weather as well as the recent fire, and on-going noise and dust, at SIMs Metal. I’m therefore pleased that SIMs have just advised the EA they hope to complete key improvement works, including better acoustic attenuation by Christmas. Additionally, if their permit for a new shredder is approved, these works should be completed in early 2020 and will significantly reduce noise and dust from the site.

To keep up discussion with residents, I have held a number of street stalls in the ward, with my office also attending  several ward meetings to hear the concerns of residents in the area. I wholly understand and share resident’s frustrations at this situation.

My letter also details updates on Brexit and my work to improve public transport and tackle climate change through my North Bristol Transport Plan. You can read more about my work on transport here“.

 

 

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Video: Darren comments on threat of no deal

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, commented on the government’s continued move towards a no deal Brexit following concerns from the former Chancellor Phillip Hammond.

Darren said:

” I agree with the former Chancellor when he says Boris (and Dominic!) are sabotaging any negotiations with the EU to further a hardline ideology. Crucially, this reckless ‘do or die’ ideology doesn’t have the support of Parliament and wasn’t on the ballot in 2016. As recently as March this year, Gove admitted that most leave voters hadn’t backed Brexit with a no deal in mind. Raab repeatedly said at the time no deal wasn’t an option.

No deal is a disaster for the country and for my constituency – with circa 1400 jobs predicted to be lost. As I said again on Sunday Politics back in July, the only way to resolve this is to go back to the British people and ask – now there is detail of what’s realistically on offer and the consequences – how they want to proceed, and then get on with it.

Boris has made several spending pledges since becoming PM, I’m keen to understand where all this ‘new’ money is coming from. Quite rightly, Labour has been asked these questions when they’ve made pledges – yet time and again there’s no detail from Boris (and much of the money seems to be recycled from existing budgets).

At some point, whoever is in government will need to face the reality that any form of Brexit will make the UK poorer and a no deal will be catastrophic for our country’s prosperity – false promises and empty spending pledges won’t be enough to save this country from job losses and an increasingly-likely recession.

Boris needs to stop channeling his time in the playground at Eton and remember he has the country’s future in his hands”.