Tonight I voted against Theresa May’s Brexit deal. Here’s why.

The Prime Minister failed to sufficiently improve the deal, and what remained was little better than that last brought to Parliament and met with a record defeat.

I’m still extremely concerned that the deal does not go far enough in protecting the workplace, consumer and environmental standards that people in Barnsley depend on.

The Government has consistently refused to provide a sufficient mechanism to ensure workers’ rights in the UK are maintained and keep pace with the EU once we leave.

Guarantees from this Government that they’ll protect workers just won’t cut it -; we all know that you cannot trust the Tories with workers’ rights.

The Prime Minister also continues to rule out any form of permanent customs union that will support jobs and vital supply chains for local businesses.

I respect the decision of people in Barnsley and the UK, and I won’t frustrate or block our exit from the EU.

But nor will I risk the livelihoods and jobs of people here in Barnsley to vote through a botched deal designed by the Prime Minister to benefit her own position and party, not people in our community.

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