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Hampstead and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq votes against Brexit timetable

Ms Siddiq holds a majority of 1,138 in a constituency where 75 percent of people who cast a vote in the EU referendum

08 December, 2016 — By Richard Osley

Around 75 percent of Tulip Siddiq’s constituents wanted the UK to stay in the EU

HAMPSTEAD and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq broke Labour party lines yesterday (Wednesday) and voted against Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit timetable for quitting the European Union.

Along with two other shadow cabinet ministers, Ms Siddiq refused to join other Labour MPs agreeing to a deadline to trigger Article 50 – the process of leaving the EU – by March.

The timetable, self-imposed by Ms May, had been supported by Holborn and St Pancras MP Keir Starmer, who was appointed by Jeremy Corbyn as Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary in October.

During a six-hour session in the House of Commons, Mr Starmer claimed a victory with a separate motion calling for the government to publish its exit plan before Article 50 is invoked. Backed by pro-EU Tory MPs, the motion on this was widely supported by 448 to 75 votes.

Ms Siddiq holds a majority of 1,138 in a constituency where 75 percent of people who cast a vote in the EU referendum wanted the UK to remain. During the debate, she had earlier accused the government of ‘pandering to the people who treated this EU referendum as a proxy vote on immigration’ and ‘chasing failed targets on migration’.

 

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