The progressive response to Brexit?

When the result of the European referendum result was announced, I was deeply saddened. I believe the vote to leave is the wrong decision for our city and our country.

I can assure you that in any vote in Parliament, I will be voting for Britain to stay in the EU. I will vote against any attempt to take Britain out of the single market and any deal which would damage Cambridge and its dynamic economy.

However, half of the country voted to leave and we need to understand why they did so and, crucially, formulate a progressive response.

This is why I am holding this consultation looking at the economy, immigration, the environment, research, security and the future of the EU.

In Britain we are seeing a rise in hate crime, economic uncertainty and political turmoil. Across Europe we see cause for serious concern too, with political movements in France, Hungary and the Netherlands who are anti human rights, liberal democracy and internationalism.

It is vital for progressive people in Britain and across Europe to come together with new ideas for the post-Brexit landscape.

We saw the untruths the Leave campaigners used during the campaign. I for one do not think Tory Brexiteers should be given a free run at setting the agenda for any Brexit negotiations.

Please answer as many or as few questions as you like. I will also be holding policy discussion forums later in the year on this topic. Thank you for your time.

What should be the objectives, values and principles that drive Britain’s post-Brexit vote economic policy?

A vote to leave the EU has delivered an immediate shock to our economy. It also jeopardises our access to the European single market, the rights of finance companies to retain their right to trade in Europe, our membership of the European Investment Bank and all EU employment rights.

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