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Anna McMorrin MP Update: Brexit and a People's Vote

November 26, 2018

It is clear this deal will make us poorer as a country and put individuals’ and their families’ livelihoods at risk. It is estimated that this deal will leave the UK worse off by £100bn by 2030 with GDP shrinking by 3.9% annually.

I will be voting against this deal.

Theresa May and her divided party cannot deliver a Brexit that works for Cardiff North, Wales and the rest of the UK. The withdrawal document has agreed the Brexit transition period will run from March 2019 until the end of 2020, during which time the UK will continue to abide by EU rules but lose membership of EU bodies. There is also the option to extend this period, if the EU agrees. The document also lays out the £39bn divorce bill and the future rights of UK citizens living in the EU and vice versa. Crucially, the document agrees on backstop measures: if the UK does not secure a trade deal with the EU before the end of the transition period, the whole of the UK will remain in the customs union – leaving only with the approval of the EU.

Contrary to resolving this issue, this leaves us talking and negotiating about Brexit for years to come.

I have been very clear; I will not support a bad deal or a blindfold Brexit; a vague deal that provides no answers about the terms of our future relationship with the EU. Instead, the Prime Minister is telling the UK we must hurtle into the unknown without any kind of reassurance for our businesses and communities. The deal doesn’t protect our services industries, our workers’ rights and environmental standards and risks the integrity of the UK on Northern Ireland.

I believe there is no better deal than the one we currently have with the European Union. The Prime Minister’s so-called deal would make us poorer not richer and makes us rule takers without any of the benefits - in one fell swoop losing all the power and sovereignty we once held as a country within this international treaty.

Throughout this process, we have had to ask ourselves, how is this the right deal for the people of Wales and the rest of the UK? How will it secure a thriving future for our young people and help protect and grow the number of well-paid, highly-skilled jobs that we need in Wales? The reality of this deal is that it doesn’t do any of that. In fact, despite the Prime Minister claiming to deliver for the whole of the UK, out of the 585 pages of
the deal, there is not a single mention of the word ‘Wales’. Our nation deserves better than a bad deal costing people’s jobs and deepening austerity.

Regardless of how you voted in the referendum, this is obviously a bad deal, with no detail or certainty for the British people and I will be voting against it in Parliament. I will also continue to push for a crucial people’s vote, as we must put the decision back to the public with the option to Remain. A democratic vote on the deal is the only way out of this self-inflicted mess we’re in.

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