I have joined over 200 MPs from across the House of Commons, including leave and remain supporting Members, in writing to the Prime Minister to call on her to rule out a no deal (sometimes called World Trade Organisation [WTO]) Brexit.
In the letter to the Prime Minister, the cross-party group of MPs states that:
Leaving the EU without a deal would cause unnecessary economic damage. Trading on World Trade Organisation (WTO) terms would instantly make our manufacturers less competitive and make it very difficult for the industry to justify producing goods in the UK for export. Leaving without a deal would make continued investment in UK manufacturing a real challenge for global firms, when they have plants in other European locations. Without continued investment and confidence in the UK manufacturing sector, thousands of jobs across the country will be put at immediate risk.
With Airbus, Toyota and Vauxhall being such important employers for Delyn constituents no risk can be taken when it comes to the manufacturing industry.
Following this letter, the Prime Minister agreed to meet with all MPs who signed the document to hear their concerns. The meeting will take place tonight (08 January 2019) and David Hanson MP will be in attendance.
As well as writing to the Prime Minister to stop a no deal Brexit, David Hanson MP has also signed an amendment tabled by two former Cabinet Secretaries – Yvette Cooper MP and Nicky Morgan MP – which would aim to stop a no deal Brexit through the Finance Bill. The amendment reads:
Clause 89, page 67, line 19, at end insert –
“(7) The provisions of this section only come into force if-
(a) A negotiated withdrawal agreement and a framework for the future relationship have been approved by a resolution of the House of Commons on a motion moved by a Minister of the Crown for the purpose of section 13(1)(b) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, or
(b) The Prime Minister has notified the President of the European Council, in accordance with Article 50(3) of the Treaty on European Union, of the United Kingdom’s request to extend the period in which the Treaties shall still apply to the United Kingdom, or
(c) Leaving the European Union without a withdrawal agreement and a framework for the future relationship has been approved by a resolution of the House of Commons on a motion moved by the Minister of the Crown.”
This amendment would prevent the Government implementing ‘no deal’ provisions of Clause 89 without the explicit consent of Parliament for such an outcome. It would provide three options for the provisions of Clause 89 to come into force: if the House of Commons has approved a negotiated withdrawal agreement and a framework for the future relationship; if the Government negotiated withdrawal agreement and a framework for the future relationship; if the Government has sought an extension of the Article 50 period; or the House of Commons has approved leaving the European Union without a withdrawal agreement and framework for the future relationship.
Manufacturing is vital for our local economy and a no deal Brexit would undermine its long-term sustainability. That is why I have taken the action of writing to the Prime Minister and signing an amendment to the Finance Bill to try and remove no deal from the table. This was not something that was ever discussed during the referendum by any leading figure and very few people want it.
During the 2017 General Election I promised everyone in Delyn that I would never vote for something that made them poorer. I am living up to this pledge by removing a disastrous no deal Brexit from the options list.
I am greatly worried by the direction of travel being taken by the UK Government. The thousands of correspondences I have received in recent weeks over Brexit are clear: no one supports the Government’s deal. This comes from both those who voted leave and remain. It is my job to try and navigate a way forward that respects the wishes of 100% of constituents and I hope that the amendment and letter is a good step in that direction.