Following the ruling by the Supreme Court I have received numerous emails, letters, and telephone calls asking me to vote for and against triggering Article 50.
I fully respect the strongly held views on both sides, however, the time to debate whether we should leave the European Union was during the referendum.
I accept the result of the referendum and I will not frustrate the Article 50 process, which once triggered will begin a two year process at the end of which the UK will exit the European Union.
Triggering Article 50 is the start, not the end of the process, and throughout the negotiations I will be calling on the Government to secure a deal that prioritises jobs, the economy and workers’ rights.
The Government cannot be given a blank cheque. I will oppose any attempts to rip up existing economic and social protections and the UK cannot participate in a race to the bottom, slashing corporation taxes and public spending at the expense of living standards and our public services.
I welcome the Government’s concessions and decision to publish a White Paper on their Brexit strategy. The White Paper cannot be a ‘cut and paste’ of the Prime Minister’s Lancaster House Speech and the Government must provide enough detail to allow Parliament to scrutinise the government’s plan and hold the Government to account.
The UK’s withdrawal from the EU is the most important issue our country has faced for a generation and we all must work to secure the best outcome possible.