Last night, Parliament voted in what was termed, 'indicative votes'. MPs voted on eight alternative Brexit options in total.
As a passionate Brexiteer I remain committed to delivering upon the will of the British people and upholding the democratic decision. 60% of Morley and Outwood voted leave alongside 17.4 million people across our great country and this must be respected.
I am a keen believer in being very frank, open and honest with constituents. As I'm sure some know, I am a blunt Northerner and we speak as we find!
As such, I thought it would be useful to outline how I voted in these votes:
Credit to The Guardian for such fantastic graphics
Red = Against
VOTE ONE: Customs Union.
This vote asked MPs to support a commitment to negotiate a “permanent and comprehensive UK-wide customs union with the EU” in any Brexit deal. Remaining in the, or a, Customs Union with the EU would limit the UK's ability to forge new and bold free trade deals with countries around the world and therefore I voted AGAINST this proposal.
VOTE TWO: Second Referendum.
This vote asked MPs to support a commitment to hold a second referendum. This is totally wrong and I am 100% opposed to holding a second vote, especially before the first one has even been delivered upon. Faith in democracy is essential to its survival and to hold a second referendum could have dire consequences for our country. Therefore I voted AGAINST this proposal.
VOTE THREE: Labour's Plan
This vote asked MP's whether they would support Labour's plan for a close economic relationship with the EU. I was as shocked as anyone to hear that Labour had finally decided on a plan but I'm sure this will once again change in the coming days, or hours. Nonetheless the plan proposed would involve too close a relationship with the EU, again limiting the benefits Brexit can provide. Therefore I voted AGAINST this proposal.
VOTE FOUR: Common Market 2.0.
This vote proposed membership of the European Free Trade Association (Efta) and European Economic Area (EEA). Whilst countries inside these bodies are not EU member states, such as Norway, they still pay some money into the EU and are forced to accept many of the rules handed down from Brussels. This is not respecting the referendum result where people voted to take back control of our laws. Therefore I voted AGAINST this proposal.
VOTE FIVE: Revoke Article 50.
This vote asked MP's whether the UK should revoke article 50 two days before Britain would leave the EU without a deal. Frankly I am mortified that 184 MPs voted for this option. Nearly three years on since the historic and overwhelming referendum we must deliver on the will of the British people. Therefore I voted AGAINST this proposal.
VOTE SIX: No Deal.
This vote asked MPs whether the UK should leave the EU without a deal on 12 April. I was re-elected on a manifesto that outlined we would leave the EU with a good deal or no deal and I keep my promises. No deal is not to be feared, our economy is going from strength to strength and we will continue to prosper in the event of no-deal with the EU. Therefore, I voted FOR this proposal.
VOTE SEVEN: Malthouse Agreement
This vote was to call for the government to seek to agree preferential trade arrangements with the EU. The agreement is commonly known as the 'Malthouse Agreement' and came about following discussions with leading Brexiteers and Remainers within the Conservative Party. I welcome this compromise that would allow for a 'managed no deal' that would respect the will of the people, and therefore I voted FOR this proposal.
VOTE EIGHT: EEA/EFTA - CU
This final vote asked MP's whether the UK should remain within the European Economic Area, and rejoin the European Free Trade Agrea, but be outside a customs union with the EU. I voted AGAINST this proposal.