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Darren hosts Westbury Brexit Briefing

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has hosted the second in a new series of Brexit Briefings.

Following the event in Westbury on Friday 18th October, Darren Jones said:

“Thanks to those constituents that came to the second of my three public Brexit Briefings this evening. I always enjoy asking constituents how they’d vote in different scenarios if they were the local MP – and this event came just at the right time before the historic sitting of Parliament on so-called ‘super Saturday’!

It would be fair to say, most constituents attending this and my other events (as well as those who contact me directly or have completed my Brexit survey) are very supportive of my decision not to support Boris Johnson’s current deal and to push for a people’s vote of whatever final deal is proposed by the government. I know I continue to have my constituent’s support in backing a remain and reform agenda.”

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Watch: Darren hosts online Brexit Briefing

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones hosted an online Brexit Briefing on Facebook Live.

Watch Darren’s 40 minute Plain English Briefing online here.

Darren Jones said:

“I hosted this online briefing as it’s vital that I have opportunity to explain what’s going on in Parliament – alongside my three Brexit Briefings in the constituency, I wanted to ensure those who couldn’t come to an event had opportunity to find out what’s happening.

I’ve talked through the votes from so-called ‘super Saturday’ and earlier this week on the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, the likelihood of a General Election and People’s Vote.”

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Darren hosts Horfield Brexit Briefing

MP for Bristol North West has hosted the first in a new series of Brexit Briefings.

Following the event in Horfield on 12th October, Darren Jones said:

“Thanks to those constituents that came to the first of my three public Brexit Briefings this afternoon (12th October). I always enjoy asking constituents how they’d vote in different scenarios if they were the local MP!

It would be fair to say, most constituents attending were very supportive of a people’s vote of whatever final deal is proposed by the government with me continuing to back a remain and reform agenda.”

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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.