23d October 2019 – I hosted a Facebook Live online Brexit Briefing. You can watch the briefing here.
Alongside a Brexit: October 2019 survey, I have also hosted three local Brexit Briefings during October to get my constituent’s views on the decisions facing me as your MP.
22nd October 2019 – I voted against progressing the second reading of the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill and against concluding the Bill’s debate within 3 days. I believe Boris Johnson’s deal is even worse than the deal offered by Theresa May (which I also voted against, as it wasn’t good enough) – to try and push a bad deal through in 3-days was purely an attempt to avoid the legitimate debate and scrutiny of Parliament.
19th October 2019 – On so-called Super-Saturday – the historic Saturday sitting of Parliament – I voted in support of the Letwin amendment. The Letwin amendment says Parliament will withhold approval of the Johnson deal (in a simple yes/no vote) until the Withdrawal Bill implementing Brexit has been passed. This amendment was designed to prevent a no-deal exit by default because the government’s deal may not have had enough time to be put through Parliament before the 31st October deadline. The government then pulled all other votes and were forced to accept they would not get the Jonhson-deal through before the 31st October deadline. Later that day, the Prime Minister formally requested an extension from the EU to Article 50’s deadline of 31st October – to 31st January 2020 – as required by the Benn Act which I had previously voted to support.
17th October 2019 – I voted in support of permitting amendments, if selected by the Speaker, to be voted on during the Saturday 19th October sitting of Parliament. This paved the way for the Letwin Amendment to be tabled (see 19th October).
15th October 2019 – I voted against transferring powers to set certain technical environmental regulations from the EU to the UK on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.
26th September 2019 – I voted against adjourning the House of Commons for a period covering Conservative Party Conference – this is because I believe we should be getting-on with working through the Brexit chaos, negotiating with the EU and not allowing the PM to divert attention to a Queen’s Speech, which – given he has no majority in Parliament – is nothing more than a party political broadcast.
9th September 2019 – I voted to support the release of the Government’s ‘Operation Yellow Hammer’ no-deal planning documents. I abstained for the second time on the vote for an early Parliamentary General Election. This is because I will not support an election that could result in the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal during an election period (during which Parliament is dissolved and therefore has no ability to hold government to account).
4th September 2019 – I voted to support the Benn Act – which will require the Prime Minister to seek an extension from the EU to Article 50’s current deadline of 31st October (until 31st January 2020) unless MPs have approved either a new deal or to withdrawal with no deal.
I abstained on the vote for an early Parliamentary General Election. This is because I will not support an election that could result in the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal during an election period (during which Parliament is dissolved and therefore has no ability to hold government to account).
3rd September 2019 — I voted alongside (now ex-) Tory rebels and other Opposition MPs to take control of the Parliamentary ‘order paper’ and prevent Boris Johnson’s headlong rush towards the no-deal precipice – this vote paved with the way for the so-called Benn Act (see 4th September and 19th October).
2nd September 2019 — I signed an open letter alongside 150 Labour MPs, urging Boris Johnson to reconsider his shameful decision to suspend Parliament, denying MPs vital time to shape the Brexit process in our constituents’ interest. This is the behaviour of a tin-pot dictator and Parliament must unite against it.