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GRAVATT: Disappointed in Labour's pro-Brexit position

June 30, 2017 2:30 PM
By Southampton Liberal Democrats

Alan Whitehead, the Labour MP for Southampton Test, abstained last night on Chuka Umunna's amendment to the Queens Speech urging the government to stay in the Single Market and to oppose a Hard Brexit.

Thomas GravattThomas Gravatt, Parliamentary Spokesperson for Southampton Test, commented;

"I am deeply disappointed in Alan Whitehead's decision to follow Corbyn's whip and abstain on the Queens Speech amendment to keep us in the Single Market.

"Southampton's economy is heavily reliant on our trade with Europe, and leaving the Single Market and Customs Union threatens this trade, and therefore threatens our local economy and thousands of jobs.

"Although Whitehead voted against Article 50 a few months back, it is clear that he has lost his backbone and is now supporting Brexit as much as the rest of the Labour party.

EU Day of Action - Campaigning for EU Nationals' #RightToStay in Portswood"I know that many pro-Europeans in Southampton Test voted for Alan Whitehead because of his apparent anti-brexit stance, what has become apparent since is that he is happy to fall in line behind Corbyn's Euroscepticism and ignore the pro-European voices in Southampton.

"It is very disappointing that the electorate were misled into thinking that Labour was a pro-European party during the election campaign.

"If you want to remain in the Single Market and keep our strong relationship with Europe, then the Liberal Democrats are the only party for you."