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Brexit statement and Guardian article

June 30, 2016

On Saturday I published the following statement calling on Parliament to act to stop Brexit:

 

Wake up. We do not have to do this. We can stop this madness and bring this nightmare to an end through a vote in Parliament. Our sovereign Parliament needs to now vote on whether we should exit the EU.

 

The referendum was an advisory, non-binding referendum. The Leave campaign's platform has already unravelled and some people wish they hadn't voted to Leave. Parliament now needs to decide whether we should go forward with Brexit, and there should be a vote in Parliament next week. Let us not destroy our economy on the basis of lies and the hubris of Boris Johnson.

 

Our Parliament is sovereign and Members of Parliament have every right to vote against repeal of the act that led us into Europe. The UK's most fundamental constitutional requirement is that there must first be the approval of Parliament before we withdraw from the European Union.

 

I set out my position in further detail in an article for The Guardian.

 

I argued that the future of our country, of our young people and of their children and grandchildren is too much to throw away on the basis of a duplicitous campaign that has already fallen apart.

 

It is clear that the Leave campaigners do not have the slightest semblance of a plan and the promises that the campaign was built on were nothing more than a pack of lies, especially claims about  £350m extra cash to spend on public services and the ending of free movement of labour.

 

The referendum was advisory and non-binding. Almost 500 Members of Parliament declared themselves in favour of Remain, and it is within their powers to stop this madness through a vote in Parliament.

 

It is also within Parliament's powers to call a second referendum, and we need a second referendum at the very least, on the basis of a plan that is yet to even be drawn up.

 

The consequences of exiting Brexit are grave. I have a simple message to all those who believe in remaining in Europe. We have to fight for our economic future, for our children's future and for the country that we want to be. Speak out, sign the petition calling for a second referendum and tell your MP to ask for a vote in Parliament.

 

Following the Prime Minister's statement on the outcome of the EU referendum on Monday, I asked the Prime Minister the following question:

 

The Prime Minister will recognise that some of my constituents are among the poorest in Britain. In these very tough economic times, it is the poorest who will suffer. Does he recognise that young people, poor people and many middle class people who voted for remain want a plan, and that lies behind the call for a second referendum on the detail?

 

I also sponsored Early Day Motion 243 calling on the Government to ensure that there will be a second referendum allowing UK citizens to agree or disagree with the terms of the UK-EU exit package before Article 50 is triggered.

 

 

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David Lammy

From Tottenham. For Tottenham.