I promised I would go to Westminster and be a voice for the people of Bloxwich, Willenhall and Walsall North. Tonight I did just that by voting AGAINST the Government’s EU Withdrawal Deal.
People in Walsall North voted to leave the EU to take back control of money, borders and our laws. I campaigned and voted leave to do this. The fact the process is taking so long shows just how much influence the EU has over the UK!
The Withdrawal Agreement fails on returning control of laws. An Irish backstop we can’t unilaterally walk away from, not only puts the Union in jeopardy but doesn’t return the powers to Westminster. We would be stuck in the EU taking rules, without the ability to walk away or shape them.
I could not in good conscience vote for an agreement that does not give us the freedom to control our own destiny.
Every step of the way it’s been clear that many people in Westminster don’t accept the outcome of the 2016 EU Referendum. They don’t see why people in Walsall North and the majority across the country should have been able to make a decision they disagree with. But they asked us to decide and we did. And the result should be implemented not frustrated.
It’s impossible to please all people with so many different scenarios – but I have honoured my pledge to stand up for Walsall North in Parliament and I’ll continue to do so.
I won’t be joining those who want to stop and reverse Brexit. We are a great country and I have faith that we can be a success outside of the EU.