Where I stand
As the elected representative of one of the most remain constituencies in the country and a passionate remainer myself, my position on the UK’s relationship with the EU is very simple; the best deal for the United Kingdom is the one we have now – full membership of the European Union.
Since the referendum, I have always been clear that I have wanted the UK to continue it’s membership in the European Union and have acted accordingly in Parliament. The UK’s place on the international stage is enhanced by EU membership, not hindered. We have access to the largest single market in the world, with the ability to shape the rules of that from the inside. This in itself elevates the influence we have globally, which in an increasingly precarious international system could not be more important.
I have consistently voted against the Prime Minister’s Withdrawal Agreement and led a petition’s debate calling for the revocation of Article 50. I support the campaign for a People’s Vote. I have attended all three of the marches organised in London over the last year, addressing those leaving for the march from Cambridge in the morning and joining many more at Parliament Square. I have also given strong support to the 3 Million and other organisations who are fighting to guarantee the rights of EU citizens in the UK, and British citizens living in the EU.
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I have consistently pressured the Government on their appalling mishandling and pursuit of a hard Brexit. Back in October 2016, I called for and led a debate in Parliament on the future of our relationship with the European Medicines Agency, as I know how important membership of the EMA is for our vibrant life sciences sector in Cambridge, which supports thousands of jobs. The UK is at the cutting edge of medical research, and by distancing ourselves from global collaboration, we put this status at serious risk.
Since then, I led a debate on citizens’ rights, including UK citizens who live in the EU and their rights. I focused on the uncertainty that so many EU citizens who have made Cambridge their home feel, and the callousness of the chaos that this Government is inflicting on them, following a referendum that they were not permitted to vote in.
Recently, I led a debate on behalf of the Petitions Committee discussing a petition with over 200,000 signatures that called for Article 50 to be rescinded “if Vote Leave broke the law”. There are huge questions to be answered surrounding the EU Referendum and the legality of certain organisations’ electoral spending, and I argued that for a People’s Vote as a way to “help our fractured society to move back towards the higher ideals of genuine informed participation in democratic life”.
Beyond leading debates I have consistently pressed both the Prime Minister, other Ministers and successive Brexit Secretaries on many issues regarding Brexit, through asking questions and speaking in other debates. I have covered many issues through this including stockpiling of medicines, data flows, food standards, research funding, UK influence on EU decisions, higher education, aviation, the digital and tech sector, economic impacts, immigration, citizens’ rights and much more.