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‘Cutting away the tentacles of the EU’: Will your Havering MP vote against the Brexit withdrawal agreement?

PUBLISHED: 12:00 29 November 2018

L-R: Rainham and Dagenham MP Jon Cruddas, Hornchurch and Upminster MP Julia Lopez and Romford MP Andrew Rosindell have expressed their concerns about the prime minister's Brexit withdrawal agreement. Photo: Parliament TV

L-R: Rainham and Dagenham MP Jon Cruddas, Hornchurch and Upminster MP Julia Lopez and Romford MP Andrew Rosindell have expressed their concerns about the prime minister's Brexit withdrawal agreement. Photo: Parliament TV

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Havering’s MPs are set to vote against the prime minister’s Brexit withdrawal agreement due to concerns that the deal will have a negative impact on the UK’s sovereignty, economy and its future place in the world.

UK’s sovereignty, economy and its future place in the world.

Theresa May recently announced that a deal had been struck with the European Union to negotiate the country’s withdrawal from the organisation.

The details were published last week, and run up to 585 pages and includes a guarantee that there will be not be physical border checks reintroduced in Northern Ireland.

Hornchurch and Upminster MP Julia Lopez attended a briefing by the prime minister’s chief of staff and also spoke to more Eurosceptic MPs before coming to her own conclusions about the withdrawal agreement.

She noted that the ‘backstop’ solution which has been introduced to prevent a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland would effectively keep the UK in a single customs territory covering all goods apart from fishery products.

“I have received a huge amount of correspondence on the Withdrawal Agreement from all sides of the Brexit debate, and I thank all constituents who are engaging with me on this vital issue,” said Ms Lopez.

“I have thought very deeply about the right direction to take, and regret that I cannot support the Agreement when we vote in December.

“I have set out my concerns in detail in a statement on my website, but fundamentally, I fear that the Agreement risks binding us into the EU’s system of regulation, without having a seat at the table when those rules are drawn up.

“We would give up our leverage to strike a better deal when negotiating the future relationship, be potentially caught up in the backstop arrangements and severely restricted in our ability to strike meaningful new trade agreements.

“In keeping us in a de facto customs union, I also worry that the Withdrawal agreement will not deliver on the referendum mandate and far from bringing closure, will simply delay key decisions and open up a new chapter of parliamentary warfare on the future relationship.”

Rainham and Dagenham MP Jon Cruddas also told the Recorder that he would be voting against Theresa May’s Brexit deal.

He said: “It is all about managing her own internal party disagreements rather than what is right for the country.

“It doesn’t work for Dagenham and Rainham. It isn’t the Brexit my constituents called for back in 2016.

“When the negotiations started Labour set six tests which if met would secure a strong future for the UK outside of the EU and protect people’s jobs and their rights. May’s deal has failed to meet these tests. I cannot support this.”

Romford MP Andrew Rosindell asked Mrs May to “lead our country in a new direction, completely cutting away the tentacles of the EU” at Prime Minister’s Questions last week.

He added: “Even the EU Commission’s own reports admit 90 per cent of global trade will soon be conducted outside of the trading bloc, so what better time to leave the declining bloc.

“This is why locking the UK into a ‘single customs territory’, with no clear leaving date and ability to unilaterally leave puts us in weakened position, unable to utilise the promising trade agreements the International Trade Department have been working on since the Brexit vote.

“It is almost as if our defeatist civil servants who drafted it aimed to make it look as if remaining in the EU is the less costly option.

“Now is not the time to be fooled, EU leaders want to punish us for leaving, and send a message to other EU Member States who dare think about leaving.

“As I reminded the prime minister in the House of Commons last week, Brexit is a means to an end, not an end in itself. A new direction must be sought.”

A House of Commons debate followed by a vote is set to begin in the week of December 10.

The debate on the motion will feature a series of votes, concluding in the ‘meaningful vote’ - the ultimate decision on whether to accept the government’s motion.

The government needs to get a majority of MPs to vote for it in order to proceed with the overall process.

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