Louise Ellman MP

Article 50 – Feb 8th

On 8 February, at the Third Reading of the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill, I voted against triggering Article 50 and beginning the formal process of withdrawing from the EU. The Bill was passed by 494 to 122.

I voted in favour of the following amendments and clauses, all of which were defeated by the government:

I am extremely concerned about the consequence of a Brexit outlined by the government that involves leaving the single market and the customs union and ending the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. This will have a severe impact on jobs, investment funds and research partnerships affecting the medical and university sectors in Liverpool.

I felt I could not support the government to begin this damaging process of withdrawing from the European Union; particularly as 73% of people in Liverpool Riverside voted to Remain. I voted against the government proposal and the Labour whip.