I will be voting to trigger Article 50 when the vote comes before Parliament. People in my constituency voted to leave the European Union and I will respect that verdict. Whilst I welcome the fact that Parliament will be properly scrutinising the Brexit negotiation process, I will not be attempting to overturn the result of the referendum.
My priority now is to get the best deal for Barnsley. There must be a clear plan to strengthen our economy, and delivers investment and opportunity here in Barnsley. The Government should seek to build consensus about how best to do that through a process which involves a formal role for the Opposition, employers’ representatives, trade unions, and local government.
The Government must also make it clear that working people will not be worse off as a result of Brexit. We need to protect all the hard-won workers’ rights guaranteed by our membership of the EU. It is also very important that other regulations, like good environmental protections, are preserved after we have left the EU.
The EU referendum produced a clear result and I will vote to ensure that the will of the people is enacted. But to make a success of Brexit, we must show that it can deliver real benefits for working people. That will be my priority as we negotiate our exit from the EU.