Chloe Smith
MP for Norwich North

Brexit Blog: Reporting back

Author: Chloe Smith, Updated: 13 June 2019 16:29


Yesterday in Parliament, MPs voted on a motion that would have set aside Parliamentary time to debate ways to prevent a “no deal” exit from the European Union. If the motion had passed the expectation would have been that a cross-party coalition would put forward legislation to prevent the next Prime Minister from pursuing certain options for Brexit.


As you may be aware, Chloe is on maternity leave and therefore voting via a proxy vote. In this vote, Chloe used her vote to reaffirm her commitment to delivering on the referendum result by voting against this motion.


Chloe has been consistent that she wants to leave the European Union with a good deal that honours the referendum result and protects the substantial economic progress the Government have made.


On previous occasions Chloe herself has stated that “I am first and foremost a democrat. I believe that the 2016 referendum was one of the largest democratic exercises in the UK's history and millions of people turned out to vote in the 2016 referendum, often for the very first time, on the understanding that their vote would matter and that the Government would implement their decision”.


The motion proposed by the Leader of the Opposition raised several dangerous constitutional precedents and undermines the authority of the role of the Prime Minister, so with all of this considered Chloe used her proxy vote to reject this power grab.


Thanks again to all constituents who are taking the time to get in touch about Brexit. While Chloe is on maternity leave, her office is continuing to work hard on behalf of constituents and keeping Chloe updated on all matters that are important for constituents.