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[18/03/2019 | No comment]

On 12th March I voted against Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement. It isn’t what people were promised during the Referendum, it’s a worse deal than we have now, and it doesn’t answer any of the fundamental questions about our future relationship with the EU so the uncertainty facing our country will go on for years to come. You can watch my interview on Sky News about my opposition to May’s Withdrawal Agreement here.

On 13th March, I voted to rule out leaving the EU without a deal because of the all the risks and uncertainty this would cause.

On 14th March, I voted to in favour of an extension to the Article 50 process so we don’t crash out of the EU on 29th March and to give us more time to try and sort this mess out. I was proud to put my name to another amendment that would have enabled MPs to vote on different options about where we go from here, and I was disappointed that this was narrowly defeated. You can read more about the amendments here.

You can watch the debate I had about Brexit on the BBC’s Politics Live programme here.

[28/02/2019 | No comment]

The Prime Minister has finally announced that if MPs do not approve her Brexit Withdrawal Agreement by 12 March, Parliament will be given a vote on whether the UK leaves the EU without a deal and – if that is rejected – to request that Brexit day is delayed. This followed pressure from a cross-party group of MPs that would have forced the Prime Minster to request an extension to Article 50 to prevent no deal via my colleague Yvette Cooper’s Bill, which I co-sponsored.

 

I’m glad the Prime Minister has recognised that if she can’t get her bad Brexit deal through Parliament we will need to extend Article 50 to avoid a disastrous no deal Brexit. However, delaying Brexit day must be done for a purpose. On 26th February, I called on the Prime Minister to change her course and drop her red lines on the negotiations to break the Brexit deadlock.

 

I am proud to have supported multiple amendments to the Government’s motion on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, including an amendment from Alberto Costa MP that ensures the rights of EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU are protected even in the event of a no deal Brexit. I was pleased the Government responded to our pressure and accepted this amendment.

 

You can read more about the amendments here.

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I am very concerned about the risks of Britain leaving the EU without a deal because of the huge uncertainty this will cause. For example, food and drink manufacturing companies employ around 1,200 people here in Leicestershire, and the Food and Drink Federation has warned that a no deal Brexit could cause serious disruption to “just in time” supply chains, increased red tape and costs for businesses, and rising prices for consumers. 

That’s why on Tuesday 29th January, I voted for a number of different motions that would stop a no deal Brexit. You can read my speech in Parliament here.

You can also listen to an interview I gave about Brexit to BBC Radio 4’s Westminster Hour here, and watch my interview on Sky news here.

[17/01/2019 | No comment]

Liz's speech in the EU Withdrawal Agreement debate

Watch my speech in the debate on the EU Withdrawal Agreement: Theresa May’s Brexit withdrawal agreement doesn’t provide answers to the reasons why people voted to leave. The agreement will make us poorer and make our country weaker, giving up control over many of the rules that govern our lives. I will vote against it tonight and will support moves to rule out the threat of no deal Brexit and the chaos this would bring.

Posted by Liz Kendall on Tuesday, 15 January 2019

On 15th January I voted against Theresa May’s Brexit Withdrawal Agreement. The agreement isn’t what people were promised in the Referendum, it is a worse deal than we have now, and would mean the uncertainty we face about our future relationship with the EU will go on for years to come. 

The Government’s proposals will make our country weaker and poorer, and this is not something that I can support. I believe the best way of breaking the logjam about where we go next is to put the question back to the public, because what is on offer now is so different from what was promised in 2016.

You can read my speech here.

You can watch my interview on Sky News, where I discussed why I would be voting against Theresa May’s Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, here.

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