EU protest at the Guildhall
EU protest at the Guildhall

Where I stand

My position is clear, the best deal for the United Kingdom is the one we have now – full membership of the European Union.

I am backing the campaign for a People’s Vote. I attended the fantastic march in London last month, addressing those leaving for the march from Cambridge, and I was proud to speak at the People’s Vote rally at The Junction in September. Last year, I voted for amendment 120 to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill which would have given the public a vote on the final deal and an option to remain.
Cambridge is deeply integrated into the structural benefits of the European Union, gaining from research funding, and the movement of people, goods and services. Over recent months in Parliament I have asked the Prime Minister about the concerns of the tech sector, and what kind of influence we may have in the future over hugely important decisions such as that of the copyright directive. Further to this I have pressed the Government over its watering down of ambitions to associate and participate in future science and innovation research, and on warnings from the Chief Executive of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry that even associate membership of the European Medicines Agency would not do for our life sciences sector.
I have consistently voted for the UK’s continued membership of the customs union and the single market, and to ensure proper parliamentary scrutiny of future trade deals. 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.
 
I will vote against the deal because our 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.
At the People
At the People's March in London

Leading in Parliament

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.

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