On 3 April, the House considered the ‘Cooper Bill’, a Private Members Bill put forward by Yvette Cooper which instructs the Prime Minister to seek an extension to Article 50 and avoid a no-deal Brexit.

I voted in favour of this Bill, as I feel that leaving without a deal would be economically disastrous for our country and would not be in the interests of thousands of hardworking families in North Durham and throughout the UK.

The Bill passed by a single vote and began to be considered by the House of Lords on Thursday (4th). This Bill returned to the Commons on Monday (8th) where five amendments were agreed by the Commons. I voted in favour of these amendments, which will strengthen Parliament’s hand at preventing a no-deal exit, whilst allowing the Prime Minister the flexibility necessary to continue negotiations with other nations this week.

The Prime Minister travelled on Tuesday to meet Chancellor Merkel ahead over a special meeting of the European Council on Wednesday 10 April. This meeting will consider the Prime Minister’s request to extend Article 50.

I am always happy to meet with constituents who wish to discuss their concerns related to the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, or any other issues. If this would be helpful, please contact me on [email protected] or on 0191 371 8834.