Supreme Court Ruling on Article 50

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As you will have seen Theresa May has lost her case in the Supreme Court. The Judges decided by a majority of 8 to three that the government cannot trigger Article 50 without an Act of Parliament.

I believe it is the right thing that Parliament should have the ultimate say on when to trigger Article 50, therefore I am pleased with the Supreme Court's ruling.

I believe Parliament should respect the referendum result and not try to block negotiations before they even start. Article 50 is just the beginning of a long period of negotiations - so I will be voting to trigger Article 50 in March. I voted and campaigned to remain, but the majority of my constituents voted to leave. I will respect their vote.

However, I strongly believe that respecting the referendum result is not the same as giving the Prime Minister a blank cheque for Brexit. I am pleased that Labour will seek to amend the bill that comes forward.

Labour's job is to scrutinise and challenge the Tories throughout the Brexit process. Whilst respecting the referendum result, I will be closely examining the plans. We need a progressive plan to deal with the deep inequalities that are dividing Britain - the negotiations play a huge part in this and I will trying my best to ensure that we get a good deal for jobs, workers rights and a trade deal that is good for our economy both locally and nationally.

The country voted to leave but not for a reckless approach to our economy. I will not let Theresa May turn the UK into a bargain basement economy. This would widen inequality - increasing the profits of global cooperation's without helping working people. I will vigorously oppose any threat to rip up existing economic and social protections, including slashing corporate taxes and public spending. Living standards and public services must not be used as a bargaining chip in Brexit negotiations.

I will work hard to do all I can to ensure that my constituents get the best possible deal. But I cannot emphasise enough how important it is at this time that both leave and remain voters come together. We all want the best for Britain and our families - as these negotiations progress it's more important than ever to appreciate our common ground and to respect and be tolerant of each other's opinions.