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Update on my Brexit position
As you know, the issue of Brexit is one that is fast moving and changing on a daily basis with constituents getting in touch with me to let me know their views.
The majority of constituents are asking me to vote against the Prime Minister’s Deal, support the campaign for a People’s Vote and more recently asking that Article 50 be revoked.
Unfortunately, after two years of negotiations, I believe the Brexit deal the Prime Minister has agreed with the EU represents a complete failure of her approach.
As you will know, the day before MPs were due to vote on her deal, the Prime Minister announced that it would be delayed. I believe this unprecedented decision is a sign of how much opposition there is to the deal.
The Prime Minister’s deal, will not protect jobs, workplace rights or environmental standards. It will not ensure frictionless trade for UK businesses. It is also likely to lead to the implementation of a deeply flawed and unsustainable backstop in Northern Ireland. It will leave us with no say over future rules and no certainty for the future – I believe it is the worst of all worlds. The deal falls far short of the tests I have long said I will judge it by, and which the Prime Minister said she was determined to meet. It does not add up to a plan for our country’s future and I will therefore vote against it when it is finally put to a vote in Parliament.
On the People’s Vote, with the current chaos of a hard Tory Brexit on the horizon and no consensus in Parliament for a solution, this would appear to be the best way forward. Polls have demonstrated shifting opinions since the referendum in 2016. Therefore, a People’s Vote without the option to Remain would be ignoring voters wishes. People have the right to change their mind. In addition, the revelation that the Leave Campaign broke electoral law, in my view this damaged the spirit of a fair referendum. I therefore support a People’s Vote with an option to Remain.
Finally, and more recently, constituents have requested that I support the revocation of Article 50. The recent decision by the European Court of Justice that the UK could revoke Article 50 without the agreement of the other 27 EU Member States has made this a possibility. However, it is not possible to say at this time whether it would become an option but if such an option was brought to Parliament, then I would certainly vote in favour.
Jared O’Mara MP