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[29/03/2019 | No comment]

Liz Kendall's speech in the Brexit debate

Watch my speech in the Brexit debate: I voted against the Government’s withdrawal agreement today because it is not what people were promised, it would give us a worse deal than we have now and we would face more uncertainty for years to come. We cannot allow the future of this country to be held to ransom by hard-line Tory Breixteers who put their own jobs and ambitions before the jobs and ambitions of people in this country.

Posted by Liz Kendall on Friday, 29 March 2019

On Friday 29th March I voted against the Government’s Brexit Withdrawal Agreement for the third time. The Prime Minister’s Agreement is not what people were promised during the 2016 referendum, it would give us a worse deal than we have now and – far from ‘sorting Brexit’ – it would mean the uncertainty facing our country would go on for years to come.

Now Theresa May has said she will step down if her Withdrawal Agreement is approved by Parliament, I am deeply concerned that the fundamental questions and choices facing this country will be made by a hard-line Brexiteer who will succeed her as Tory leader. We cannot allow the future of this country to be held to ransom by the never-ending internal Tory psychodrama and by people who want to put their own jobs and ambitions before the jobs and ambitions of people in this country.

You can read my full speech in the debate here.

[27/03/2019 | No comment]

On Wednesday 27th March, MPs took part in a series of so-called “indicative votes” on different Brexit options to find an alternative to Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement and to break the Brexit deadlock. The House of Commons Speaker selected eight options to be voted on:

  • I voted against the UK leaving EU without a deal because of the risks and uncertainty this would bring for people’s jobs and livelihoods.
  • I abstained on the option for “Common Market 2.0”.  I did not want to rule this out, as it would provide better protection for jobs and businesses than the Prime Minister’s plans. However Common Market 2.0 does not guarantee a permanent customs union, which I believe is absolutely essential to manufacturing industries like the 200 food and drink companies across Leicester and Leicestershire that rely on complex ‘just in time’ supply chains. 
  • I supported the option of ensuring there is, as a minimum, a permanent and comprehensive UK-wide customs union with the EU in any Brexit deal. As well as being vital to protect manufacturing, a customs union would help prevent a hard border in Northern Ireland and protect the Good Friday Agreement. 
  • I voted against the option of the UK remaining within the European Economic Area and re-joining the European Free Trade Association without membership of a customs union for the reasons outlined above. 
  • I supported Labour’s alternative Brexit plan to negotiate changes to the withdrawal agreement so that it includes guarantees on workers’ rights, a permanent customs union and close alignment to the Single Market.
  • I voted in favour of holding a confirmatory public vote on whatever Brexit deal is eventually agreed by Parliament. The reality of Brexit and what is being offered today is very different from what was promised during the 2016 referendum, so I think it is right to give the public the final say on whether they want to go ahead or stick with the deal we currently have with the EU.
  • I would much rather the final decision about where we go next rests with the public than with politicians. However, I am very concerned about the impact a no deal Brexit would have so I supported an option that would mean in the terrible event Parliament has still not agreed a withdrawal agreement with just two days to go until the UK is due to leave the EU, MPs should be asked to approve ‘no deal’ and if they do not, ensure the Government gives notice to revoke the Article 50 process to prevent us from crashing out without a deal. 
  • I opposed the option for “Contingent reciprocal arrangements”. This is what some people call a “managed no deal Brexit”. I think this is completely unrealistic and I cannot put my constituents’ jobs and livelihoods at risk with such a proposal. 
[20/03/2019 | No comment]

Liz Kendall's speech in emergency Brexit debate

Watch my speech in the emergency debate on extending Article 50: It is dangerous for the Prime Minister to attack MPs over delays to Brexit. It is our job to question, scrutinise and stand up for what we believe in. Pitting MPs against the people puts our parliamentary democracy at risk. Read my full speech here: http://bit.ly/2JtYTsA

Posted by Liz Kendall on Thursday, 21 March 2019

On 20th March I spoke in Labour’s emergency debate on the Government’s plans to extend Article 50.  I argued that any delay to the date the UK leaves the EU should be used to be straight with the public about the choices and trade-offs Brexit inevitably brings.  I also warned the Prime Minister against attacking MPs over delays to Brexit. It is our job to question, scrutinise and stand up for what we believe in. Pitting MPs against the people puts our parliamentary democracy at risk. You can read my full speech here.

I was interviewed about Theresa May’s catastrophic failure of leadership on BBC Two’s Newsnight. You can watch a clip of the show here, or catch up on the whole show here.

[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.

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