I’m home in Bolton today to meet with constituents, but I’ll be heading back to Parliament tomorrow for the Brexit debates.
Having reviewed the new deal negotiated by Mr Johnson, I am unable to give it my support. It is a worse deal than the one produced by Mrs May.
It removes legally binding commitments to a level playing field on workers’ rights and environmental standards. It is worse for the economy, risking manufacturing and services in particular, and it opens the door to serious deregulation. I’m also extremely concerned about the future of the United Kingdom under the new arrangements for Northern Ireland with an effective border between them and Great Britain.
I appreciate that people want to get this over with after three years of discussion, but I won’t vote for a bad deal just to get this done quickly.
If we are to leave the EU, we must do so in our own time and on our own terms. I have a responsibility to deliver the best future possible for the United Kingdom and my constituents, and this deal is far from that.