Catherine West MP speaking in the Brexit debate
Catherine West MP speaking in the Brexit debate

“I will be voting against Theresa May’s deal.

It is a bad deal, which risks damaging our economy and leaving us more isolated from our EU neighbours with no say in the decision making process.  The National Institute for Economic & Social Research has said it would make the country £100 billion a year worse off by 2030. That’s £1,000 per person, per year, a massive hit coming after eight years of devastating Tory austerity.

Furthermore, this deal put workers’ rights and current protections for the environment at risk.

It satisfies no-one – including the Brexiteers within the Prime Minister’s own party.

I voted against triggering Article 50, sponsored an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill which sought to secure membership of both the Customs Union and the Single Market, and was one of the first MPs to come out in support of a new public vote on the deal with the option to remain. I urged the Police to investigate law-breaking and unlawful campaign spending allegations uncovered in the Leave.EU campaign group, and was one of over 200 MPs demanding the Prime Minister rules out the possibility of “no deal”. I’ll support every effort in Parliament to make that disastrous prospect an impossibility.  I supported Dominic Grieve’s successful cross-party amendment which will force the Prime Minister to come back to Parliament within three days if her deal is voted down on Tuesday. That’s crucial for giving control back to Parliament – and not letting the PM run the clock down.

If the Prime Minister’s deal is defeated tomorrow, I will continue to argue that we should go back to the public. I firmly believe that with Parliament in gridlock and with polling showing significant shifts in public opinion since the referendum, the people should be given a final say, with the option of ‘Remain’. With the time remaining now so short, this will almost certainly require Article 50 to be suspended.

You can watch my most recent speech in the Brexit debate here:”



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