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Last week MPs debated the Queen's Speech. A Labour MP put forward an amendment about Brexit. The amendment:

 - ruled out withdrawing from the EU without a deal

 - sought a Parliamentary vote on the final negotiations and

 - proposed remaining in the Customs Union and Single Market.

This is an amendment which I supported even though I was asked by my party leader to abstain. I wanted to let you know why.

Before the election I voted against triggering Article 50 on leaving the EU and during the recent election campaign I made an explicit commitment to the voters in Brentford and Isleworth that I would do all in my power to secure a Brexit settlement that secured jobs, rights and environmental protections. I received strong support for my position from my constituents, particularly young people voting for the first time.

Therefore I had no doubt that my electorate would want me to support the amendment put forward last week.

I was aware that this would mean that I could not retain my front-bench role for the Labour Party. But this was a point of principle for me and I felt bound to honour the commitment I had made to my voters. I hope this helps you understand why I went against my party whip and supported the amendment.

Best wishes

Ruth Cadbury MP for Brentford & Isleworth


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