Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, voted this week in favour of triggering Article 50. The process by which Britain will leave the European Union. Emma also voted in favour of an amendment to allow citizens from other EU countries already living in the UK the right to remain in the country.

Speaking after the vote, Emma said: “I campaigned to remain in the EU, but I accept the result of the referendum and that is why I voted for the Bill yesterday. I believe that Parliament now needs to holds the government to account at every stage of the process and makes sure that they secure the best deal for the UK. A bad deal or no deal at all, as Theresa May has threatened, could have catastrophic results for our economy, for jobs, for investment and for the living standards of people in Wolverhampton.

“It is vital for Wolverhampton that tariff-free and barrier-free trade between the UK and the EU continues after Brexit. That is because it is of crucial importance for aerospace and car manufacturers who employ tens of thousands of people in Wolverhampton and the West Midlands.

“I am pleased that the government has conceded that MPs should vote on the deal before MEPs. We live in a parliamentary democracy and it is only right that Parliament has the opportunity to scrutinise the agreed deal before the European Parliament does. “

Speaking about the government’s refusal to guarantee that current EU nationals can remain in the UK, Emma said: “It is simply not good enough for the Prime Minister to say that she ‘hopes’ EU nationals will be allowed to stay. These are people who have put down roots here, with children, families, caring responsibilities, who pay taxes and contribute to our economy and society. They deserve much better than being used by the Government as bargaining chips.

“This would create good will in the negotiations and I am sure that EU countries would guarantee the rights of British people in other EU countries, like Spain and France.”

I am always keen to hear your views and you can contact me here: http://www.emmareynolds.org.uk/contact-me

February 2017