On February 25th, Luke Pollard announced his support for a public ratification vote. In a letter, Luke outlined his belief that the only way to break the Brexit deadlock is to put the final deal to the people in a ratification referendum. Luke made it clear that this is not support for a second referendum but rather a ratification vote on the proposed deal. It is a referendum asking the people whether they want to ratify the Prime Minister’s deal and leave the EU on her terms or oppose the deal and stay in the EU.
Luke Pollard MP says,
“The Prime Minister’s decision to yet again delay the vote to force MPs to vote for her deal or no deal just a few weeks before the Brexit deadline is irresponsible and reckless. I am really worried about Brexit and I am writing to you all to set out my view on what should happen next and why I think the only way to break the Brexit deadlock is to put Theresa May’s deal to the people.”
Luke has remained consistently committed to Labour and to Plymouth. Labour had previously decided that MPs would vote against Theresa May’s deal if it didn’t pass six Brexit tests. The deal didn’t live up to our policy goals, so Luke did not vote for it. And now, Luke feels that the way forward to is to put the deadlock to the people in order to achieve the certainty that Plymouth businesses and citizens need.
Luke Pollard MP says,
“What is clear is that Brexit is proving to be more expensive than we were told it would be, more complicated than we were told and more difficult than we were told. I am worried that Brexit risks closing off opportunities for our young people.”
Consensus on Brexit is needed within Parliament and the public to protect Plymouth, its economy, its people and its place in the world. Luke will be backing an amendment proposed by Peter Kyle MP and Phil Wilson MP that would allow the Prime Minister’s deal to pass the Commons subject to a ratification referendum of the people. This amendment would require the outcome of the referendum to be legally enforced rather than be advisory as the 2016 referendum was. Luke believes that this proposal is the only way to ensure Plymouth gets a good deal from Brexit.