The Government have done nothing at all to reach out to the 48 per cent of voters who voted to remain in the European Union, MP Helen Hayes has told the House of Commons.

And they have done nothing to reassure the 48 pc that their legitimate concerns are being listened to and will be addressed.

Her comments came during the debate on the second reading of the ‘Brexit’ bill – official title the European Union (withdrawal) bill.

“If one thing is absolutely clear from the general election result, it is that the Government absolutely do not have a mandate to implement Brexit on any terms” added the Labour MP for Dulwich and West Norwood.

“They do not have a mandate to implement a harmful Brexit. “They do not have a mandate to be dishonest with the British people about the impact that Brexit will have, or to skirt over the detail of important constitutional change.

“Yet the Government persist in running scared of parliamentary scrutiny, and have responded to criticism and the clear feedback of the UK electorate not by engaging, reaching out and reassuring, but by closing down debate.

“The Bill as drafted would put huge and unaccountable power into the hands of Government Ministers and put crucial rights and protections at risk. “It is nothing less than a power grab for Tory ministers, and it fundamentally undermines parliamentary democracy.

“The single biggest commitment made by the leave campaign was to spend an additional £350 million a week on our NHS. “There is no sign whatsoever that the Government are even close to being able to fulfil this commitment.

“The longer the negotiations progress, the less confidence many people will have that the Government are capable of negotiating a Brexit deal that will protect our national interests. “Yet in the EU withdrawal Bill, this minority Conservative Government are seeking permission to implement Brexit on any terms, at any cost, and that is simply not acceptable.

“The article 50 process has already eroded Parliament’s role in relation to the Brexit negotiations, denying a meaningful vote on the Government’s proposed final deal, and we are now being asked to surrender control over the future direction of legislation that derives from the EU.

“The Government cannot expect the British people to have confidence that they will still be able to rely on the protections and regulations we currently receive from the EU when the EU withdrawal Bill, as currently drafted, would give the Government the power to vary regulations at will.

“The promises made by the leave campaign and the Government in relation to Brexit are fast proving to be the emperor’s new clothes, and I, for one, am not afraid to say that I cannot see them.

“My constituents voted overwhelmingly to remain in the European Union, and I have been clear in my commitment to continue to speak up for their views.

“They certainly do not accept it on any terms.

“In Dulwich and West Norwood, we are deeply concerned about the impact of Brexit on the economy, on our public services, on our rights and protections at work, on our justice system, on our environment, and on our local communities.

“We are concerned about the practical impact of Brexit on the number of nurses in our NHS, on the number of construction workers building the homes we so desperately need, and on rising inflation as a consequence of the fall in the value of the pound.

“We are also concerned about the impact of Brexit on our British values of tolerance, diversity and internationalism. “The Brexit negotiations must take place in an open and transparent way, and they must be accountable to Parliament.”

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill second day– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on11th September 2017. (Source: TheyWorkForYou website)

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