Before the vote tonight I got my opportunity to give my response to the Withdrawal Agreement.
I set out my reasons for my vote and how I will continue to fight for the rights, jobs and prosperity of our constituency.
We need to bring the country back together. It can be done and I hope the UK Government will work with me and my colleagues to ensure that we stop separating each other by how we voted over two years ago and instead see that we have more in common than we do that divides us.
Not only has the UK Government given a contract to a ferry company that owns no boats and its terms and conditions were copied and pasted from a fast food takeaway, but it has become clear that the owner of this business owes money to HMRC.
I asked the Transport Secretary if he could confirm that the director of this company owes us, the taxpayer, £580,000 and what due diligence he took to ensure that we don’t give contracts for government business to companies who do not pay their taxes.
The Transport Secretary decided to keep quiet. This is appalling. The Government is being farcical and putting our economy at risk because they are not undertaking basic background checks.
The Home Secretary came to the House on Monday to explain what action he had been taking when people we found to be trying to enter the UK through small boats in the English Channel.
I wanted the Home Secretary to tell us how leaving important security measures, such as SIS 2 – a monitoring service we are a member of by being in the EU – will benefit us. It was no surprise that the Home Secretary completely ignored this point and decided to give information on arrests at home.
Modern Slavery is growing around the world and if we do not work with our friends and allies we will be unable to free people from traffickers and the horrors of a life in slavery. The Government must rethink their plans if they don’t they will put people at risk.
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. Read more “No Deal Brexit”