Yesterday, we sent this simple message to Yorkshire MPs:
“Sovereignty lies with the people. We lend you our power to represent us. Don’t abuse your power. Vote tomorrow for Article 50.”
In the historic vote, yesterday evening, MPs voted overwhelmingly to give a Second Reading to the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill, which will ultimately allow the Government to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.
MPs voted by a majority of 384 to allow Prime Minister Theresa May to get Brexit negotiations under way.
Brave decision by most Remain MPs
The majority of Labour MPs, who campaigned for Remain, took the brave and pragmatic decision to back the democratic result. They should be applauded for it.
One fantastic speech during the debate by the Labour MP for Ilford North, Wes Streeting, summed up their position:
“At a time when liberal democracy feels so fragile and precious, it is hard to overstate the damage that this Parliament would inflict on our democracy were we to reject the outcome of a referendum in which 33.5 million people voted. This was not an advisory referendum. None of us went to the door asking for advice. We warned of the consequences of leaving, and the majority of voters and the majority of constituencies voted leave with the clear expectation that that would actually happen. I say very simply to those lobbying Parliament to ignore the result, ‘My heart is absolutely with you, if only that were possible.’ Let us be honest with ourselves and with each other: if the vote had gone the other way, we would have expected Parliament to abide by the result.”
Only one Yorkshire MP opposed the Bill
Greg Mullholland, Liberal Democrat MP for Leeds North West. Along with one fellow LibDem MP, Greg abstained.
Wakefield MP, Mary Creagh, voted against the wishes of her Wakefield constituents. Creagh claims that she is following her conscience, but don’t be surprised if you see her following Tristram Hunt and other Labour MPs into well-paid corporate or lobbying jobs. Mary Creagh represents the type of aloof, technocratic and self-serving politics which was heartily rejected by the Brexit vote. She has shown contempt for her constituents and more importantly for the primacy of democratic decision-making. Politicians are accountable to us. We lend them our power to act on an agreed mandate.
Mary’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org