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Caroline_Flint_EU_statement261118.JPEGCaroline Flint issued a challenge to the Prime Minister today to meet with Jeremy Corbyn “in the national interest” to seek to resolve concerns about workers’ rights, health and safety, and future customs arrangements, to avoid a No Deal Brexit.

The Don Valley MP argued that, as both the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition have stated they wish to avoid a No Deal Brexit, it was time to invite the Leader of the Opposition to a “meaningful discussion” about the Withdrawal Agreement.

Speaking after the debate Ms Flint said: “Too many in the Commons wish to make small differences appear like a chasm. 

“Both Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May have said they wish to honour the outcome of the 2016 referendum and end the division in the country.  With just 126 days to go before the UK leaves the European Union, it is time for meaningful conversations.

“The Prime Minister has to accept that trading exchanges across the Chamber cannot achieve any progress.  It is clear that no agreement can be passed without cross party support, and particularly nothing can be passed without the support of Labour MPs.

“This cannot drag on leaving businesses and voters uncertain right up to Brexit day.”

 

Read a full transcript of their exchange below.

Caroline Flint:

The Prime Minister has made it very clear that at all costs she wants to avoid a no deal Brexit. My Rt Hon friend, the Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition, has also reassured Labour MPs that that’s his priority: to avoid a no deal Brexit. Now given there are some 80 Conservative backbenchers who will vote against any deal come what may, in the national interest, will the Prime Minister sit down with my Rt Hon friend, the Member for Islington North, and have a meaningful discussion about how we make sure that, when it comes to workers’ rights and health and safety, we do not fall behind and we secure a sustainable customs arrangement going forward.

Prime Minister Theresa May:

Can I say to the Rt Hon lady, that what we have done in the proposals we put forward in the white paper, what we have done in the political declaration is to ensure that we do look for that free trade area and that appropriate customs arrangement that is going to deliver on jobs for people. And I’m interested that she has indicated that her Rt Hon friend, the Leader of the Opposition, is clear that we should leave the European Union with a deal, because previously he had indicated that he would vote against any deal that the Government brought back.

Watch the full exchange HERE.

Flint - Time for a meaningful discussion to avoid a No Deal Brexit

Caroline Flint issued a challenge to the Prime Minister today to meet with Jeremy Corbyn “in the national interest” to seek to resolve concerns about workers’ rights, health and safety,...

Doncaster MPs Caroline Flint and Rosie Winterton were among guests at the Hitachi Doncaster Carr Train Maintenance Depot, which will test and maintain the 65 strong fleet of Azuma trains currently being built in County Durham.

The MPs went aboard one of the new Azuma trains, which are due to come into service on the East Coast Main Line in 2019, and then discussed work at the centre with new apprentices, Adam Fisher, Thomas Groves and Harry Wood.

Said Caroline: “Doncaster has a railway tradition dating back to 1876.  But what we are seeing is a real renaissance of rail in Doncaster, with Hitachi’s train maintenance centre, the new iPort rail inland rail freight hub and the High Speed Rail College.

Said Rosie: “Hitachi has invested £80million in the state of the art centre, including the 280m train maintenance centre, putting Doncaster at the centre of high speed rail for many years.  This is a huge vote of confidence in Doncaster’s rail industry and, in partnership with the High Speed Rail College, we are seeing the first apprentices complete their training and join Hitachi’s workforce that will grow to 250 in a real industry of the future.”

“Hitachi are not just creating a modern fleet of trains for our railways, but they are keen to create a modern workforce and determined to boost recruitment of young women into the rail industry.”

Karen Boswell OBE, Managing Director of Hitachi Rail in the UK, said: “We a proud to continue Doncaster’s strong railway industry with our new state-of-the-art depot.

“This visit from Caroline and Rosie signifies the importance of our £80million investment in Doncaster and the need to inspire a new generation of engineers in the area. We welcome their support for a thriving rail industry in the north.”

Hitachi has a 27.5 year contract with the Government to supply 65 Azuma trains, capable of travelling at 140mph.  Hitachi is also bidding to build the HS2 trains; and bidding to introduce digital ticketing for Transport for the North, covering five cities and operating on buses and trains.

The Doncaster Carr Train Maintenance Centre took two years to build, has 4 kilometres of track, a 280m maintenance centre, a train washing facility and a tyre turning centre.  The centre tests all new Azuma trains and adds the livery (some of the seats, interior décor, painting and logos).

Hitachi Rail gears up for new High Speed trains

Doncaster MPs Caroline Flint and Rosie Winterton were among guests at the Hitachi Doncaster Carr Train Maintenance Depot, which will test and maintain the 65 strong fleet of Azuma trains...

Read Caroline Flint's reply to an open letter from Frederika Roberts, spokesperson for Best for Doncaster, the campaign for a second EU referendum.

Dear Ms Roberts

I was disappointed to see you publish an open letter on Facebook on 24 October claiming that I haven’t replied to your emails.  I have therefore published this reply.
 
Perhaps you may recall that I wrote to you in November 2016 about the triggering of Article 50.  I also wrote to you in September 2017 about the commitments I made at the election. I wrote to you about EU citizen’s rights in December 2017.  Finally, I wrote to you in January 2018 about Amendment 7 of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill - the meaningful vote.

Indeed, just in case these slipped your mind, I thought you might have known that I have corresponded with three other members of your family.

I also reminded you that you can follow my views on Brexit on my website. It is disingenuous to suggest that I ignore you because you are a European citizen and not able to vote in general elections.
 
In relation to your recent “invitation” on 21 October:

  • No. I did not wish to join a People’s Vote stunt held in another constituency. 
  • No, I do not appreciate three people demonstrating outside my constituency office, raising concerns for my staff.
  • No, I do not agree with your latest email in which you suggest my constituents who voted Leave are ‘Turkeys that voted for Christmas’.  That is frankly an insult to people who simply took a different view during the referendum from you (and I). 

 
I campaigned for Remain for months during the 2016 referendum, but I do not recall meeting you. 
 
Since the referendum, I fought a general election where my party promised to accept the outcome of the 2016 vote.  I will continue to honour the pledges I made at the 2017 general election. I do not believe that a Second Referendum is the answer.  I want to represent both Leave and Remain voters and bring people together.  A second referendum would drive people apart and not resolve our relationship with Europe.
 
In your letter, you refer to disastrous a No Deal Brexit would be.  On that we agree.  I believe the UK can achieve a deal that provides certainty for businesses; protects your rights as an EU citizen and maintains peace in Northern Ireland. 

I hope you can accept that.
 
Yours sincerely


Caroline Flint


Rt Hon Caroline Flint MP

Labour Member of Parliament for Don Valley

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Caroline Flint's reply to "Best for Doncaster" Group

Read Caroline Flint's reply to an open letter from Frederika Roberts, spokesperson for Best for Doncaster, the campaign for a second EU referendum. Dear Ms Roberts I was disappointed to...


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