Catherine West MP

Labour MP for Hornsey & Wood Green

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Catherine West MP took part in the Westminster Hall debate on Monday 11 June to argue that Parliament's vote on the EU exit deal must contain the option to stay in the EU.

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Watch: Catherine West's speech on the EU Withdrawal Bill

Catherine West MP took part in the Westminster Hall debate on Monday 11 June to argue that Parliament's vote on the EU exit deal must contain the option to stay...

Catherine West is one of a number of London MPs who have signed a letter calling for a people’s vote on the final Brexit deal.  The letter, published in The Independent, on Saturday 2 June, says:

“London is the greatest city in the world. It is a cultural capital, a sporting powerhouse, a hub for international business, civil society and media, and a model of what an open, vibrant, liberal, multicultural society should look like.

As MPs representing London constituencies, we want to make sure Brexit doesn’t damage any of that.

London voted Remain during the EU referendum in 2016 because we saw how much our city has benefited from EU membership. But we accept that the country as a whole voted narrowly to leave. The government has a mandate to negotiate a Brexit deal.

What the government absolutely does not have is a mandate to force a bad Brexit deal on our city that could damage London for generations to come. So much of the economy of London relies on being in the single market and the customs union, and on freedom of movement. From the tech sector to finance, from construction to culture, London benefits hugely from being part of a larger European market. Outside of this European market, our city will suffer.

But this is about more than just the economy. Our city represents all the most positive elements of being global, outward-looking, welcoming and tolerant. These values form part of the fabric of London. A bad Brexit deal risks tearing that fabric apart.

The terms on which we leave the EU have never been put to the public. When the prime minister brings back her Brexit deal later this year, we will finally know what Brexit means. And a decision will have to be made as to whether we accept it or not.

As London MPs, we will look at the Brexit deal and take a view on whether we think it’s good enough for our constituents and our city. But it cannot be right that 650 MPs alone decide whether to accept the deal, without any say for Londoners or people across the country. That’s why we think it’s essential that there is a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal, so that 65 million people can have their voices heard as well.”

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Catherine West calls for a “people’s vote” on the final Brexit deal

Catherine West is one of a number of London MPs who have signed a letter calling for a people’s vote on the final Brexit deal.  The letter, published in The...

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Catherine West MP said: "The streets of London are being plagued by an epidemic of violent crime. Under this Tory Government we have seen our public services cut to the bone. These crippling cuts, whether they be to policing budgets, youth services, school exclusion services or border forces, have allowed gangs to prosper in our communities.

It’s an issue I’ve already raised in Parliament and the previous Home Secretary Amber Rudd promised a meeting. I’m pursuing this with the new Home Secretary Sajid Javid, and I’ll be using it to urge him to cancel the further £325 million in cuts the Metropolitan Police is expected to make by 2021.  

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Sign my petition: stop the cuts to our police

Sign my petition to stop the cuts to our police. Catherine West MP said: "The streets of London are being plagued by an epidemic of violent crime. Under this Tory Government...

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