Faisal’s Statement on EU Withdrawal Bill Amendments (29th January)

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I want to thank all my constituents who have contacted me recently about Brexit. Despite public division and parliamentary deadlock, I remain committed to representing views on both sides of this debate and working towards an outcome which puts my constituents first.

In view of this commitment, I want to outline my reasons for voting for the amendments in tonight’s debate which seek to take a No Deal Brexit off the table.

Neither this amendment nor the bill block Brexit or revoke Article 50. They simply give Parliament the right to vote on whether to extend Article 50 if time has run out.

I do not wish to overturn Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. But I do want to ensure that existing jobs, rights and living standards are protected as we leave the European Union.

This means getting Brexit right, but with the No Deal deadline fast approaching, it is clear that the Conservative Government has comprehensively failed to do this. This Government’s plan does not satisfy leave or remain voters.

No Deal would mean WTO tariffs on food, border delays and customs costs for manufacturing industry, serious risks to medical supplies in the NHS and the undermining of border security and police co-operation.

Supermarkets have written to the Government warning that No Deal will mean higher prices and empty shelves as warehouses are full and supply chains will be disrupted.

You can read their letter here: https://brc.org.uk/media/378130/no-deal-brexit-letter.pdf

The poorest families will be hit the hardest by No Deal. I can not, in good conscience, allow this to happen to my constituents, who put their faith in me at the last General Election to put their interests first.

I understand that many of my constituents who voted to leave the European Union fear that their voice is not being heard in parliament. I have listened to their concerns, and I want to assure them that these decisions are not made lightly; they are never made without fully considering the views of all of my constituents.

However, I have been clear throughout this process that no deal is an unacceptable outcome for the people of Warrington.

For these reasons, I will be voting to prevent a No Deal Brexit tonight and to protect jobs, rights and living standards.

Comment List

  • Bill Kidley 29 / 01 / 2019 Reply

    Faisal as one of your constituents i expect you to represent the vote and it’s not for you to decide what’s best for the minority of your constituents boy you should work towards the wishes oh the majority.
    The people you are listening to are the people who are more likely to gain from staying in the EU ie big business and the people with wealth.
    We the voters have made our choice and it is up to you to deliver on our behalf.

  • Bill Kidley 29 / 01 / 2019 Reply

    Faisal as one of your constituents i expect you to represent the vote and it’s not for you to decide what’s best for the minority of your constituents boy you should work towards the wishes oh the majority.
    The people you are listening to are the people who are more likely to gain from staying in the EU ie big business and the people with wealth.
    We the voters have made our choice and it is up to you to deliver on our behalf.

  • John Batty 30 / 01 / 2019 Reply

    Mr Rashid, you represent a constituency that voted overwhelmingly to leave the EU.
    I is not up to you to place caveats or interpretations on our vote. We voted to leave.

    You should represent our views in Parliament, as our MP and not vote to suit your own agenda or your underlining views as a “remainer”. I was disappointed to see that you voted for Rachal Reeve’s amendment on the 29th January, which put forward the view that the UK should suspend its withdrawal from the EU on an indefinite basis.

    By doing so, imo, you have abused the trust that the voters of Warrington South had placed in you, when they sent you to Westminster in the first instance. That is a great pity.

  • Stephen Moreton 18 / 02 / 2019 Reply

    “I do not wish to overturn Britain’s vote to leave the European Union …”
    How about asking the people if they want to overturn it? A second referendum, based on facts not lies, honesty not cheating, and law-abiding not law-breaking. In short, democracy, not electoral fraud aided by foreign interference. Then we’ll see if the people still want to follow the agendas and fantasies of right-wing billionaires, old Etonians, Kremlin cronies, and Trump supporters, now that they have been exposed as the liars, cheats and charlatans that they are.

  • PHILIP BROAD 13 / 03 / 2019 Reply

    Dear Mr Rashid,
    The best way to get a good deal is to keep the threat of no-deal on the table. Once you take that off you are bound to be offered terms which are less advantageous. Any negotiator knows this.
    As one of your constituents, I therefore implore you to vote against the proposal to take no-deal off the table in today’s vote.

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