Jude signs “Brussels Declaration” committing to work together against no deal Brexit

04 September 2019

Jude Kirton-Darling, Labour Member of the European Parliament for the North East of England was today part of a cross-party group of UK MEPs that has signed a declaration committing themselves to work together in the face of Brexit, and have called upon our European friends and colleagues to support their efforts.
Meeting in Brussels, representatives of the Green, Labour, Liberal Democrat, Alliance, Plaid Cymru and Scottish National Party jointly signed "the Brussels Declaration" stating:

We the undersigned UK Members of the European Parliament representing England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland declare as follows:

The proroguing, or shutting down the UK Parliament in order to limit scrutiny of the implications of a potential no deal Brexit is completely unacceptable. Limiting the opportunity for MPs to debate, vote and crucially, to legislate, cannot be the response to a referendum in which Leave campaigned for the UK Parliament to “take back control”.

In the continuation of the spirit that UK MEPs have worked in since the 2016 Referendum we commit ourselves to continue to work across party lines and declare that it is vital that MPs do likewise.

We were all elected just four months ago with clear mandates. We are working together. We call upon our European friends and colleagues to assist domestic efforts in keeping the door open to us.”

Jude Kirton-Darling MEP said:

“The contempt that the Johnson cabinet and his unelected advisors have for democracy, Parliament and the people of the UK has been astounding and destroys trust in government. MPs in Westminster have shown that they will not accept this and are prepared to put our country first. I have signed this declaration in that same spirit and to highlight that when we work together across the political spectrum, as we do often do in Europe, you can get things done.

I want the best for my North East constituents and to protect them from a devastating No Deal Brexit. I will work hard to make sure the Tory UK government does not ride roughshod over their livelihoods, families and voices.”

The Declaration was signed by:

Labour Party
Richard Corbett MEP
Seb Dance MEP
Jude Kirton-Darling MEP
Rory Palmer MEP
Neena Gill MEP
Theresa Griffin MEP
John Howarth MEP
Jackie Jones MEP
Claude Moraes MEP
Julie Ward MEP

Green Party
Molly Scott Cato MEP
Scott Ainslie MEP
Christian Allard MEP
Ellie Chowns MEP
Gina Dowding MEP
Magid Magid MEP
Alexandra Phillips MEP
Catherine Rowett MEP

Liberal Democrat Party
Catherine Bearder MEP
Caroline Voaden MEP
Phil Bennion MEP
Jane Brophy MEP
Judith Bunting MEP
Chris Davies MEP
Dinesh Dhamija MEP
Barbara Ann Gibson MEP
Anthony Hook MEP
Martin Horwood MEP
Shaffaq Mohammed MEP
Lucy Nethsingha MEP
Bill Newton Dunn MEP
Luisa Porrit MEP
Sheila Ritchie MEP
Irina Von Wiese MEP

Alliance Party
Naomi Long MEP

Plaid Cymru
Jill Evans MEP
Scottish National Party
Alyn Smith MEP
Aileen Mcleod MEP
Christian Allard MEP

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