LAST week was a significant week for Brexit. MPs were promised a vote on the prime minister’s deal. As we now know, the prime minister pulled the vote – preventing MPs including myself from contributing to the debate and casting a vote on the deal. This was then followed by the complete farce of a Conservative party no confidence vote in the PM. The public and MPs are being denied democracy while Conservatives seek to resolve their internal differences over Europe.
The PM has now put the meaningful vote for MPs on hold until Monday January 14. This brinkmanship is damaging our economy and the PM’s approach has led to two years of uncertainty. MPs need to vote on the deal as soon as possible. It is also now critical to extend Article 50 to give certainty to business and the public.
Last Friday, I received correspondence from many concerned parents of pupils at Trinity School regarding the announcement to close the school’s sixth form. I will be working to reverse the decision, as I did in 2016 as a county councillor. Please be assured I will be doing everything I can to work with the council and interim board to come up with an alternative solution.
At the weekend it was reported Jaguar Land Rover could be making a significant number of staff members redundant in the new year, due to the combined pressures of weak demand in China, falling diesel sales, and Brexit uncertainty. Whilst it is just speculation, this would be extremely concerning. I will be keeping a close watch on the situation.
In a related matter, I wrote to the prime minister this week with several fellow MPs to register our profound concerns for her Brexit proposals and the prospect of a ‘no deal’. We have made it clear that this not a realistic alternative given the serious cost to our local businesses and the impact it would have for many people in the area.