Today I have written to Kate Hoey MP to demand that she use her vote in parliament to stop the UK government from invoking Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, which would start the process of the UK leaving the EU.
The High Court has told the government that it must consult parliament before starting the process of leaving the European Union, meaning that the MPs will have a vote on the issue. The Supreme Court will begin to hear an appeal from the government against that decision on December 5th. The views of the people of Lambeth could not have been clearer in the referendum. 79% voted to REMAIN in the European Union, the highest remain vote in the United Kingdom. Over the summer, Hoey wrote to her constituents to say that although she voted to leave the EU, the referendum did not engage her responsibilities as a Member of Parliament. Unless Ms Hoey uses her vote in parliament to carry forward the clearly expressed wishes of the people of Vauxhall, she must resign and allow another representative to come forward who is able to do so. The full text of my letter to Kate Hoey is below. If you would like to send a similar letter, you can do so by copying the text below and emailing her by clicking on this link or write to: Kate Hoey MP, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. Please do let us know of any reply you receive, and do sign up to our newsletter by filling out the form on the right hand side of this page.
Dear Ms Hoey, As you know, three of the country's leading judges have determined that the government must seek the approval of Parliament before starting the process of leaving the European Union. The Supreme Court will begin to consider an appeal against that decision from the government on December 5th. If the Supreme Court upholds the decision, which is the most likely outcome, as Vauxhall’s representative in Parliament you will have the opportunity to vote on our behalf. It’s a matter on which your constituents’ wishes could not be clearer. On June 23rd, every single ward in Vauxhall voted overwhelmingly to REMAIN within the European Union. Across Lambeth, 79% of people voted to stay part of the European Union, more than in any other borough in the country. I am sure you agree that ignoring the vast majority of your constituents and continuing your personal campaign for the UK's complete withdrawal from Europe would, self-evidently, be a complete abuse of the privilege granted to you by the people of Lambeth. Over the summer you wrote to many of your constituents who had voted remain. In that letter you drew a clear distinction between your responsibilities as our representative in Parliament and your position on the EU referendum. You made the argument that because everybody in the country had a vote in the referendum, you were therefore free to campaign as you wished, regardless of your constituents’ views. Clearly, the vote in parliament is different; it directly engages your role as a representative. If you meant what you said in your letter, you must now use that vote to oppose the UK government activating article 50 and starting a process which would see us leave the European Union. However, you may feel that your strong personal convictions prevent you from carrying out the very clear wishes of the people who elected you. If that is the case, the only option open to you is to resign your seat and allow someone to come forward who is prepared to represent your constituents’ views faithfully and forcefully. I look forward to hearing from you about how you intend to proceed. George Turner, Parliamentary Spokesperson Vauxhall Liberal Democrats