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My Brexit Tests Must Be Fulfilled

The vote for or against Brexit was simple but the reality of doing BREXIT is the most complex political activity that has every happened in our lifetime. Being in the single market or the customs union or free movement of people are three very complex realities. However, my overriding concern when considering the terms of our leaving is that no one in Hove or Portslade is worse off when we depart the EU.

I have been against a panicked BREXIT and the triggering of 'Article 50' in March until we are all clear that any BREXIT deal will be beneficial to us. I simply won't support it until there is clarity about what new relationships will replace that of the EU and the impact this will have on our business community in Brighton and Hove. I therefore welcome the Supreme Court judgement which gives Parliament a vote over triggering Brexit. 

My argument to the government is simple. I have set three tests of the government before I will vote for their BREXIT deal:

  • Our city has two universities. They get almost £10 million in EU funding and have people from all over the EU who come here to teach and study. TEST: After leaving the EU, people who come to Brighton to teach and learn at our world-class universities will not face bureaucratic or financial barriers. 
  • Over 8 million tourists visit Brighton and Hove every year making it the most popular seaside destination in the UK. TEST: After leaving the EU, will tourists from the EU be able to visit the UK visa-free?
  • Brighton and Hove has the head offices of American Express, EDF and an economy that is outward facing and connected to the European Single Market. TEST: After leaving the EU will our businesses still have access to the maximum pool of talent and labour or will it be reduced? And will our fantastic small businesses face punitive charges and form-filling if they want to buy and sell to European markets?

I will support the triggering of 'Article 50' when we can be confident that it will bring benefits to these three areas.

Every week between now and the vote – in both Hove and in Parliament - I will be seeking to clarify the Governments negotiating position and how my priorities for the residents of Hove and Portslade can become part of the outcome of the settlement? 

I am pushing myself into this negotiating process at every opportunity and will make the interests of the people of Hove clear at every stage of that process. This means I am taking the negotiations seriously because I want concrete outcomes for the people of Hove and Portslade. 

There are many questions I can't yet answer but I will endeavour to make regular updates which you will be able to read at www.peterkyle.co.uk or facebook.com/hoveandportslade

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commented 2017-02-02 00:29:41 +0000
Thank you Peter for standing on principle today and voting against the whip. You give us hope that there may actually be MPs who have the courage to do the right thing for Britain’s future.
commented 2017-02-02 00:11:22 +0000
My wife and I are really proud you voted against the whip. Thank you for representing us in Hove
commented 2017-02-01 08:25:18 +0000
Thank you for clarifying your position Peter.

Given that the Government will be unable to answer any of your questions in advance of the debate about triggering Article 50 can I assume you will be voting against the 3-line-whip that the Labour Party is imposing?

Personally, I hope you stick with your principles outlined above but, most importantly, that you reflect the expressed views of your constituents who overwhelmingly voted against Brexit.
commented 2017-01-31 15:16:10 +0000
Appreciate the clear determining factors you have laid out. However, you have expressed on many occasions your opposition to Brexit, and that in your professional opinion it will have a negative effect on the UK. Can I ask why you now feel able to vote in support of Brexit? On a personal level you owe a professional duty to represent our best interests, popular or not. On a regional level, Brighton and Hove voted overwhelmingly to Remain, and so you do not have a remit on either count to approve Brexit.
Many thanks,
commented 2017-01-31 12:42:21 +0000
Hi Peter,
Thanks for giving us an insight into your views on this.
Please can you clarify whether you plan to abstain if these tests are not met (and there seems no chance of them being guaranteed in the short-term), or vote against Article 50?

As previously commented, please bear in mind who you represent, and what their democratically expressed view on leaving the EU is.

commented 2017-01-27 20:16:06 +0000
Over 100K or 69% of Brighton and Hove constituents voted Remain. These are the people you are elected to represent in the House of Commons.
commented 2017-01-27 19:25:38 +0000
Hi Peter, these are great tests but I agree with Chris, the majority of your constituents voted to remain in the EU so if you really believe in representing them, you should vote against triggering article 50. I will already find it very difficult to vote for Labour ever again given their current inability to be a coherent opposition and hold the government to account, and not just on Brexit. I’m afraid I will not vote for you again if you vote for triggering article 50, which is a shame because you seem pretty good. Best wishes, Josie
commented 2017-01-27 14:26:11 +0000
Hi Peter. They seem like very reasonable tests, but I think that it’s worth repeating that only 27% of the population voted to leave the EU in a referendum in which both campaigns were shamefully dishonest and the result was very close. You would be right to vote against Article 50 purely on that basis. Your constituents will support you. In 2 years time when the negotiations start costing people jobs you will come up smelling of roses.
commented 2017-01-27 12:56:13 +0000
These are great tests but should be tests in the hands of a Labour government to negotiate. Unfortunately the biggest threat to Labour winning nationally is UKIP who are targeting traditional Labour’s voters. Corbyn cannot be seen to waiver on this issue, it secures the Labour vote where it’s needed. Plus BREXIT is going to happen. Labour cannot be seen to be so divided on this issue – yet again. The national picture really matters here and Labour’s chance of not being wiped out. It won’t all be Corbyn’s fault if this happens, he needs backing on this one. And I say that as someone who was a big stay campaigner! But a Labour person first and foremost.

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