A Statement From The Rt Hon Kevan Jones MP regarding No-Deal and the Prorogation of Parliament:

As you will know, the Prime Minister has announced that Parliament will be prorogued in the second week of September. Given the situation facing our country as we approach the Brexit deadline of 31 October, and the impact it could have on people’s jobs and living standards, I believe it is deeply concerning to suspend Parliament and I am opposed to it.

Firstly, it must be noted that nobody, including the Prime Minister, argued for a no-deal Brexit in the 2016 referendum. As such, there is no mandate for such a proposal, and I am deeply concerned that, at a time when the Prime Minister should be being honest with the British people and outlining a way out of the current impasse with the EU, he is playing games with people’s livelihoods for his own political advantage. This is deeply concerning to me as it is irrefutably true that the North-East of England will be the worst-hit region were the UK to crash out of the European Union without a deal.

This is why I have consistently voted in Parliament against the UK leaving the EU without a deal over the last few months. On this basis, next week, I will vote for any proposal that stops the Government from overriding the ability of Parliament to have a final say in the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

If any constituent would like to discuss this further with me, I’d be very happy to meet at one of my surgeries or at a time of your convenience.

Best wishes,

The Rt Hon Kevan Jones MP