THE EU REFERENDUM SAGA-WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

Now that the vote to invoke Article 50 has been passed, there will undoubtedly now be a lengthy period of argument, counter argument and even more lies and obfuscation by Politicians intent on undermining the will of the majority of the population who voted to leave the EU, whilst those politicians in favour of leaving will almost certainly be guilty of lies and deceit to bolster their cause, if past evidence is anything to go by!

Despite being on the side of leave, I am not so naive to believe that the many politicians on the leave side, unlike leopards, will change their spots and somehow tell the truth, so once again we must all make the effort to educate ourselves of the truth because, whether we like it or not, the politicians WILL get a vote on the final Brexit deal.

As a start we need to be mindful of the rhetoric coming from many EU country leaders in recent months that we will be ‘punished’ for having the temerity to leave their club, and they will ‘make us pay’. Many ‘leavers’ will ignore these threats as simply hot air assuring us that the countries concerned will not wish to damage their own economy, yet we have ample evidence in the recent past to suggest that they will ‘cut off their nose to spite their face’. The remain supporters, on the other hand, will undoubtedly try and use these threats as justification for a further referendum or as justification for a ‘no’ vote in parliament on the final Brexit deal, attempting to keep us in the EU and thwart the result of the referendum last June. We must be vigilant against either position!

Over the next couple of months, and over the two year process of leaving the EU once article 50 is invoked in March, I will be researching as many of the so-called ‘facts’ as possible as presented by the politicians on both sides, and attempt, with references to official EU websites and other respected sources and using copious references, to enable you to check out the information for yourself as to whether the politicians are telling us the truth or not. This should enable us to make our own minds up as to the truthfulness of their arguments and to hold our politicians to account in the future at the ballot box.

The first facts I wish to share are, which politicians voted against invoking article 50 yesterday. This is not to criticise those who followed their consciences or to vilify those who voted against the wishes of the population but merely to present a base line against which we can judge their performance in the past and the future. Bearing in mind that Politicians voted 6 to 1, that is 544 to 53, in favour of having an ‘in/out’ referendum in the first place, it will be interesting to note which ones voted for the referendum, but then voted against invoking article 50, hinting at some hypocrisy on their part.

So, here we go. Here are the 114 Politicians who voted against invoking article 50: (figures courtesy of The Independent – 2nd Feb 2017) with those who voted for a referendum in 2015 highlighted in bold (figures courtesy of Quora.com)

Ms Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh (Scottish National Party – Ochil and South Perthshire)

Heidi Alexander (Labour – Lewisham East)

Rushanara Ali (Labour – Bethnal Green and Bow)

Mr Graham Allen (Labour – Nottingham North)

Dr Rosena Allin-Khan (Labour – Tooting)

Richard Arkless (Scottish National Party – Dumfries and Galloway)

Hannah Bardell (Scottish National Party – Livingston)

Luciana Berger (Labour (Co-op) – Liverpool, Wavertree)

Mhairi Black (Scottish National Party – Paisley and Renfrewshire South)

Ian Blackford (Scottish National Party – Ross, Skye and Lochaber)

Kirsty Blackman (Scottish National Party – Aberdeen North)

Philip Boswell (Scottish National Party – Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill)

Mr Ben Bradshaw (Labour – Exeter)

Tom Brake (Liberal Democrat – Carshalton and Wallington)

Kevin Brennan (Labour – Cardiff West)

Deidre Brock (Scottish National Party – Edinburgh North and Leith)

Alan Brown (Scottish National Party – Kilmarnock and Loudoun)

Lyn Brown (Labour – West Ham)

Chris Bryant (Labour – Rhondda)

Ms Karen Buck (Labour – Westminster North)

Dawn Butler (Labour – Brent Central)

Ruth Cadbury (Labour – Brentford and Isleworth)

Dr Lisa Cameron (Scottish National Party – East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow)

Mr Alistair Carmichael (Liberal Democrat – Orkney and Shetland)

Douglas Chapman (Scottish National Party – Dunfermline and West Fife)

Joanna Cherry (Scottish National Party – Edinburgh South West)

Mr Kenneth Clarke (Conservative – Rushcliffe)

Mr Nick Clegg (Liberal Democrat – Sheffield, Hallam)

Ann Clwyd (Labour – Cynon Valley)

Ann Coffey (Labour – Stockport)

Ronnie Cowan (Scottish National Party – Inverclyde)

Neil Coyle (Labour – Bermondsey and Old Southwark)

Angela Crawley (Scottish National Party – Lanark and Hamilton East)

Mary Creagh (Labour – Wakefield)

Stella Creasy (Labour (Co-op) – Walthamstow)

Martyn Day (Scottish National Party – Linlithgow and East Falkirk)

Thangam Debbonaire (Labour – Bristol West)

Martin Docherty-Hughes (Scottish National Party – West Dunbartonshire)

Stuart Blair Donaldson (Scottish National Party – West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine)

Stephen Doughty (Labour (Co-op) – Cardiff South and Penarth)

Jim Dowd (Labour – Lewisham West and Penge)

Mark Durkan (Social Democratic & Labour Party – Foyle)

Maria Eagle (Labour – Garston and Halewood)

Mrs Louise Ellman (Labour (Co-op) – Liverpool, Riverside)

Paul Farrelly (Labour – Newcastle-under-Lyme)

Tim Farron (Liberal Democrat – Westmorland and Lonsdale)

Margaret Ferrier (Scottish National Party – Rutherglen and Hamilton West)

Vicky Foxcroft (Labour – Lewisham, Deptford)

Mike Gapes (Labour (Co-op) – Ilford South)

Stephen Gethins (Scottish National Party – North East Fife)

Patricia Gibson (Scottish National Party – North Ayrshire and Arran)

Patrick Grady (Scottish National Party – Glasgow North)

Peter Grant (Scottish National Party – Glenrothes)

Neil Gray (Scottish National Party – Airdrie and Shotts)

Lilian Greenwood (Labour – Nottingham South)

Helen Hayes (Labour – Dulwich and West Norwood)

Drew Hendry (Scottish National Party – Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey)

Lady Hermon (Independent – North Down)

Meg Hillier (Labour (Co-op) – Hackney South and Shoreditch)

Stewart Hosie (Scottish National Party – Dundee East)

Dr Rupa Huq (Labour – Ealing Central and Acton)

George Kerevan (Scottish National Party – East Lothian)

Calum Kerr (Scottish National Party – Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk)

Peter Kyle (Labour – Hove)

Mr David Lammy (Labour – Tottenham)

Chris Law (Scottish National Party – Dundee West)

Caroline Lucas (Green Party – Brighton, Pavilion)

Angus Brendan MacNeil (Scottish National Party – Na h-Eileanan an Iar)

Rachael Maskell (Labour (Co-op) – York Central)

John Mc Nally (Scottish National Party – Falkirk)

Kerry McCarthy (Labour – Bristol East)

Stewart Malcolm McDonald (Scottish National Party – Glasgow South)

Stuart C. McDonald (Scottish National Party – Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East)

Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Social Democratic & Labour Party – Belfast South)

Natalie McGarry (Independent – Glasgow East)

Catherine McKinnell (Labour – Newcastle upon Tyne North)

Anne McLaughlin (Scottish National Party – Glasgow North East)

Carol Monaghan (Scottish National Party – Glasgow North West)

Dr Paul Monaghan (Scottish National Party – Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)

Mrs Madeleine Moon (Labour – Bridgend)

Roger Mullin (Scottish National Party – Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath)

Ian Murray (Labour – Edinburgh South)

Gavin Newlands (Scottish National Party – Paisley and Renfrewshire North)

John Nicolson (Scottish National Party – East Dunbartonshire)

Brendan O’Hara (Scottish National Party – Argyll and Bute)

Sarah Olney (Liberal Democrat – Richmond Park)

Kirsten Oswald (Scottish National Party – East Renfrewshire)

Steven Paterson (Scottish National Party – Stirling)

Stephen Pound (Labour – Ealing North)

John Pugh (Liberal Democrat – Southport)

Ms Margaret Ritchie (Social Democratic & Labour Party – South Down)

Angus Robertson (Scottish National Party – Moray)

Alex Salmond (Scottish National Party – Gordon)

Liz Saville Roberts (Plaid Cymru – Dwyfor Meirionnydd)

Mr Virendra Sharma (Labour – Ealing, Southall)

Tommy Sheppard (Scottish National Party – Edinburgh East)

Tulip Siddiq (Labour – Hampstead and Kilburn)

Andy Slaughter (Labour – Hammersmith)

Jeff Smith (Labour – Manchester, Withington)

Owen Smith (Labour – Pontypridd)

Chris Stephens (Scottish National Party – Glasgow South West)

Jo Stevens (Labour – Cardiff Central)

Alison Thewliss (Scottish National Party – Glasgow Central)

Michelle Thomson (Independent – Edinburgh West)

Stephen Timms (Labour – East Ham)

Mike Weir (Scottish National Party – Angus)

Catherine West (Labour – Hornsey and Wood Green)

Dr Eilidh Whiteford (Scottish National Party – Banff and Buchan)

Dr Alan Whitehead (Labour – Southampton, Test)

Dr Philippa Whitford (Scottish National Party – Central Ayrshire)

Hywel Williams (Plaid Cymru – Arfon)

Mr Mark Williams (Liberal Democrat – Ceredigion)

Pete Wishart (Scottish National Party – Perth and North Perthshire)

Daniel Zeichner (Labour – Cambridge)

As a matter of interest, out of all those 114 MP’s voting against article 50, only nine represented constituencies where the majority voted to leave.

The nine constituencies in which people voted to leave but their MP voted against the Article 50 bill

% Vote share on June 23rd 2016 (Not drawn to scale!)

 

Leave Remain

 

For those people who were in a constituency that voted leave but whose MP voted against article 50, must feel let down by their MP, but they are not alone with that feeling because those MP’s that voted in favour of invoking article 50, cannot claim the moral high ground either. Many of them represent constituencies where the majority voted to remain. As many as 117 MPs that voted to trigger Article 50 represent a constituency that voted Remain last June. The majority of these were Tories, numbering 81, while a further 36 were from the Labour Party, so its not appropriate to point fingers or attach blame to a particular political party either.

So this is the base line I will be working from over the coming months and years. I am fairly certain that the rhetoric, lies and deceit we saw leading up to the referendum from both sides will be as nothing compared to what we will endure from now on. Watch this space!

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