Saffron Walden MP says she will vote in 'interests of constituency'

PUBLISHED: 08:24 06 December 2018 | UPDATED: 08:55 06 December 2018

Kemi Badenoch

Kemi Badenoch


Ahead of a vote in the House of Commons on the prime minister's Brexit withdrawal agreement on Tuesday, the MP for Saffron Walden has said she will base her decision on what she believes is best for the constituency.

Braintree MP James Cleverly told the Broadcast he will support the prime minister's deal . Picture: PARLIAMENT TVBraintree MP James Cleverly told the Broadcast he will support the prime minister's deal . Picture: PARLIAMENT TV

Kemi Badenoch said: “I have received thousands of letters and e-mails from constituents expressing every possible point of view on Brexit. I read and consider every piece of correspondence I receive on this issue and it is apparent that there are many on both sides of the debate who will not be satisfied by any compromise. However, they are still a minority.

Mrs Badenoch continued: “Now the debates on the agreement have begun, I am, among other things, scrutinising the more than 600 pages of legislation.

“This may be the most important vote I partake in as a member of parliament. My sole focus now is making sure I get it right and to ensure that I fully understand the options available and the impact each will have on our constituency and the country. This will not be an easy decision.

“Between now and the vote, I will be liaising with colleagues on all sides of the debate, attending meetings with ministers, officials and other subject matter experts for a full view.

“I will set out my views and rationale during the debate but I want to make it clear that I will be voting based on what I believe is best for the constituency and the country and not for party political reasons.”

On Tuesday, Mrs Badenoch voted not to allow amendments on any motion made by the Government under section 13 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018.

She also voted against finding ministers in contempt of parliament for their failure to publish the final and full legal advice concerning the EU withdrawal agreement, and against ordering its immediate publication.

The MP for Braintree, James Cleverly, who represents a number of villages near Dunmow, including Finchingfield and Rayne, said: “I will be voting in support of the Prime Minister, and the deal. I voted to leave in the 2016 referendum because I wanted to see the UK stop spending hundreds of millions of pounds a week on the EU, I wanted to see us set our immigration policy in the UK, I wanted British lawmakers making our laws and being held to account by the electorate for them. I also wanted to see the UK set it’s own trade policy for the first time in decades. This deal delivers these things.”

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