I’m encouraged by many people in Bristol who tell me they are going on the People’s Vote March in London this weekend. I share their conviction that another public vote may be the only way out of this mess – and in this vote, remaining in the European Union must be on the ballot paper. If we get this vote, I would of course campaign for remain, as I did last time.
Right now I am working every single day, including weekends, to build support in Parliament for a public vote on the Prime Minister’s Deal vs Remaining in the EU. This is on top of massive daily workload of challenging the government on the hundreds of regulatory changes caused by leaving the EU. And of course, working hard to win all-important victories over the government in the House of Commons Chamber. Last week alone this included defeating the Prime Minister’s ‘deal’, defeating a motion to leave the EU without a deal (also known as crashing out or ‘hard Brexit’) and pushing the government to delay leaving.
I am sure most people in Bristol West (which voted overwhelmingly for ‘remain’ in 2016) will want me to prioritise my Parliamentary work over everything. As a result of this workload, Saturday is the only time I have this week to do urgent constituency work, so I am unable to attend the march.
Next week in Parliament Theresa May is intent on bringing her deal back for another vote, but the timetable looks very unpredictable. Meanwhile, the chance of crashing out of the EU without a deal is greater than ever.
I will continue to fight for the UK to have the best possible relationship with the EU, which in my view is full EU membership.