Today’s vote on Brexit

February 1, 2017 at 7:28 pm / by

Tulip Siddiq Brexit speech

On June 23rd 2016 Hampstead and Kilburn voted to Remain in the European Union by an overwhelming margin.

Since then, in town-hall meetings, in the masses of correspondence sent to my office, and in frequent encounters on our streets, residents have underlined their view that I should continue to oppose the Brexit process.

Our area is one of both deprivation and affluence, of first generation immigrants and those who have lived here for decades. In deciding how to vote, I have taken their view that few amongst us will gain from the impending exit from the EU.

I left no room for ambiguity in my speech that I cannot vote for Article 50 until the necessary safeguards are in place to protect my constituents’ futures. On the rights of EU citizens, our access to the Single Market, or future cooperation with EU counter-terror agencies, we have no certainty.

It is with this in mind that I refused to vote to trigger Article 50. My full speech can be viewed below.