Bridget Phillipson Labour Member of Parliament for Houghton and Sunderland South
Tonight, I supported Labour’s motion of no-confidence in the government, which came after it suffered the biggest defeat in parliamentary history on Tuesday night.
Not only that, but the Tories’ record over the last eight years has been one of failure. Only a Labour government will tackle the issues that matter to people: the growth of child poverty and homelessness, fixing the crisis in our NHS and social care, and creating more highly skilled, well paid jobs.
Yet our ability to deal with these problems will also rest on how we resolve the issue of Brexit.
It is hardly surprising that Parliament has overwhelmingly rejected the Prime Minister’s Brexit plan. It is a bad deal that leaves us worse off than we would be if we stay in the EU – but it also remains the only negotiated form of Brexit on offer.
As MPs cannot agree on the Prime Minister’s proposed deal, I believe the question should be put back to the people. They should be able to have their say on whether Theresa May’s deal is how they want to proceed, or if we should stick with the deal we have now.
Only then will we be able to move forward as a country, and deliver the change that so many people up and down the UK want to see.