After being defeated in the Supreme Court, the government have now been forced to give parliament a vote on a Bill that will authorise the triggering of Article 50 by the Prime Minister.
The government have brought forward a really short Bill that gives no assurances about what will happen after Brexit. Deciding how to vote next week is a really tough choice. There are good arguments both ways and I wanted to hear your views about what I should do as your MP and Wirral South’s representative in Westminster.
We must accept the result of the referendum, and I accept that some people will argue that opposing Article 50 would make it sound like we hadn’t listened to the public.
But I also have heard from constituents who feel that we should not give in to the hard Brexit agenda that has got the whole country dancing to UKIP’s tune. If we just wave through Article 50 then we are giving a green light to leaving our current economic arrangements that protect jobs for people here in Merseyside. Theresa May thinks that reducing immigration is all that matters, and that it is worth everyone in Britain being poorer as long as there are fewer foreign faces on our streets. I do not agree with her on that, as with so much.
That is not what I came into politics for, to tell people that all their problems are down to immigration. I wrote about this recently in the Mirror, as the current rhetoric truly worries me: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/time-end-ukip-nonsense-immigration-9645889
Those of us who voted to Remain may have lost the referendum but that does not mean our voice should be silenced. A majority of people in Wirral South voted to Remain and as their representative in parliament I feel special duty to make sure all voices are heard.
Parliament will be voting on this for the first time on Wednesday so please let me know your views as I make my decision.
With thanks as ever,