I’m in Parliament today to oppose the Prime Minister’s latest attempt to force through her failed Brexit plan. Her latest tactic is now to try to separate the Withdrawal Agreement from the Political Declaration. She wants us now to wave through her Withdrawal Agreement without any certainty over our future relationship with the EU.

Yet in January this year she said “the link between the two documents means that the commitments of one cannot be banked without the commitments of the other. The EU has been clear that they come as a package.”

Labour will not support this latest desperate attempt by the Prime Minister, which would leave us with the blindest of blind Brexits. And following the Prime Minister’s commitment to resign before the next phase of negotiations begin, it’s even more of a blindfold Brexit – because we now know that the outcome of our future relationship with the EU is not going to be determined by her.

Like David Cameron before her, who inflicted the Referendum upon the UK in an attempt to resolve divisions within the Tory Party and then bottled it when the Referendum didn’t give the result he wanted, Theresa May is now walking away from the almighty mess she has created.

If Parliament supports her deal today, the outcome of the Brexit negotiations is going to be determined by the outcome of the next Tory leadership contest.

This is no way to run a democracy and we cannot allow the internal divisions of the Tory Party to determine how we leave the EU which is why I will not be supporting the Prime Minister today.

For information, I have attached the Labour Party manifesto from 2017 which clearly states our position on Brexit and is the manifesto upon which I was elected to serve the people of Heywood & Middleton.

Negotiating Brexit

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