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Opinion: Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham and Rainham, supported the EU Bill

PUBLISHED: 17:02 13 February 2017 | UPDATED: 17:02 13 February 2017

MP for Dagenham and Rainham, Jon Cruddas.

MP for Dagenham and Rainham, Jon Cruddas.

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Now we just want to get on with leaving

Last week I voted with 497 other MPs supporting the European Union Bill. The ball is now rolling and in the coming weeks we can get down to securing the best possible deal for the country.

The process is now open for scrutiny from the opposition, and during the committee stages this week Labour has put forward a number of amendments that prioritise trade, employment, and the hard won rights of working people.

The negotiations between us and the EU will be complicated and there’s a lot to get right but I think we can be optimistic about the future.

Theresa May has lost her ability to push an unscrutinised Brexit agenda, and as this passes through Parliament I will be working hard to represent the interests of my constituents.

One of the key amendments to the Bill is that the process must be open to further scrutiny; requiring the government to provide a negotiation progress report to Parliament every two months in the year leading to Brexit.

Labour will also be fighting to secure a smooth transitional process for businesses and investors in the hopes of avoiding a cliff-edge for the UK economy, this will include a tariff and impediment-free trade relationship.

We will also be looking to keep a strong collaboration with the EU in key areas such as security, science and research.

There’s been a lot of nonsense talked since last year’s referendum from all political parties.

In my opinion, talk of trying to slow down our exit from the EU or even stop it altogether is completely misplaced.

The entire country had a referendum, everybody had a vote. The people were asked, and they answered.

Now, most of us, including me, just want the prime minister to get on with it.

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