Theresa May’s Brexit deal surrenders hard-won rights and protections which so many people here in Barnsley rely on, it doesn’t guarantee jobs and living standards, and it keeps us locked into EU rules with no say in shaping them.
This simply isn’t good enough – I’ll be voting against this bad deal tonight.
But if the deal is defeated, as expected, I’ve been very clear that I don’t support a second referendum. We’ve already held a People’s Vote, in 2016, and people here in Barnsley made their views very clear.
So for me, the debate now is not about whether we leave the EU, but how, and whatever happens following tonight’s vote, I’ll keep fighting for a Brexit deal which works for the people of Barnsley East.