70% say they want no-deal Brexit in our reader poll

RE­AC­TION AF­TER ECHO POLL IS­SUES DE­CI­SIVE MES­SAGE TO PM:

Sunderland Echo - - Front Page - By Gareth Crick­mer [email protected]­me­dia.co.uk Twit­ter: @sun­der­lan­de­cho

Sun­der­land’s MPs have vowed to vote against PM Theresa May’s Brexit plan, amid an Echo read­ers’ poll show­ing over­whelm­ing pub­lic sup­port to quit the EU – even with­out a deal.

Labour mem­bers Brid­get Phillip­son, Julie El­liott and Sharon Hodg­son in­sisted they would not back Mrs May’s pro­pos­als, be­ing put to Par­lia­ment to­mor­row.

They said they had re­ceived clear mes­sages from both Re­main and Leave sup­port­ing con­stituents against sup­port­ing the PM’s much­ma­ligned plan.

It was orig­i­nally due to be put be­fore the Com­mons in De­cem­ber, but was post­poned at the last minute over fears the Gov­ern­ment would lose.

Bri­tain is due to leave the EU on March 29 un­der the terms of Ar­ti­cle 50, the le­gal with­drawal mech­a­nism.

Our poll asked: ‘Should Brexit pro­ceed with­out a deal with the EU?’

70 per cent of 1,300 read­ers who cast their vote favoured leav­ing the EU, even if a deal is not struck.

In the 2016 Brexit ref­er­en­dum, 61.3% of vot­ers in Sun­der­land backed quit­ting the Euro­pean Union, a vote which stunned politi­cians.

Houghton and Sun­der­land South MP Ms Phillip­son, who voted Re­main in the 2016 Brexit ref­er­en­dum, said: “I re­main op­posed to the Prime Min­is­ter’s deal, which puts jobs and liveli­hoods in our com­mu­nity at risk, and shows that what was promised in 2016 can­not pos­si­bly be de­liv­ered.

“If the Gov­ern­ment can­not get its plans through Par­lia­ment, I be­lieve that the peo­ple of our coun­try must be given a choice on whether they want Theresa May’s deal, or to stick with the one we have now as EU mem­bers.”

Ms El­liott, MP for Sun­der­land Cen­tral, said: “What is clear from the cor­re­spon­dence I have re­ceived, and con­ver­sa­tions I have had with my con­stituents over the last few months, is that Par­lia­ment should re­ject the Prime Min­is­ter’s deal.”

And Ms El­liott, who also voted Re­main, added: “I am very well aware of my con­stituents’ views.

“It is a deal that leaves the coun­try worse off, and that will make Sun­der­land and the wider North East poorer.

“When the Gov­ern­ment can­not it­self de­cide how to pro­ceed and is in to­tal chaos, I be­lieve the only solution to this prob­lem is to put the ques­tion back to the peo­ple so they can choose be­tween Theresa May’s deal, or the one we have now.”

Mrs Hodg­son, MP for Washington and Sun­der­land West, who cam­paigned and voted to re­main in the Euro­pean Union, said she re­spected the re­sult of that vote.

But she added: “I can­not in good con­science vote for the Prime Min­is­ter’s deal, which in my mind rep­re­sents the fail­ure of her Gov­ern­ment’s ap­proach to the ne­go­ti­a­tions.

“It does not pro­tect jobs, work­place rights or en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards.

“It will not en­sure fric­tion­less trade for UK busi­nesses and the lack of a clear fu­ture re­la­tion­ship also means the North­ern Ire­land back­stop is highly likely to come into place, which would have sig­nif­i­cant im­pli­ca­tions across the UK.

“Hun­dreds of my con­stituents have writ­ten to me in re­cent weeks urg­ing me to vote against the deal, both those who voted to leave the EU and those who voted to re­main.

“Al­most noth­ing of what was promised dur­ing the ref­er­en­dum cam­paign has been de­liv­ered and as such I will be vot­ing against the Prime Min­is­ter’s deal.”

Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May faces a vote in Par­lia­ment to­mor­row on the deal her gov­ern­ment has ne­go­ti­ated with the EU. Left, how we re­ported the re­sult of the 2016 ref­er­en­dum.

Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May.

MP Julie El­liott.

MP Brid­get Phillip­son.

MP Sharon Hodg­son.

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