Speaking after today’s vote (29 March) on the EU Withdrawal Agreement, Caroline Flint said:
“Today, the day we should have left the EU, Parliament let down the people and businesses of Don Valley.
“Parliament has strained the patience of people who thought that over 1,000 days after the referendum, the UK should have left already.
“I hope everyone understands that today’s vote was a vote to block Brexit. I couldn’t support that.
“I voted to guarantee that the UK would leave the EU on 22 May. Today, that option was thrown away.
“I promised Don Valley voters to respect the vote, work for the best deal and to oppose a second referendum. Therefore, I could not vote to block the UK leaving on 22 May; and allow a further long delay.
“We are now headed either for a No Deal Brexit on 12 April or further delay, at least until the end of the year, and the embarrassment of taking part in Elections to the European Parliament.
“As a Labour MP I have worked hard to stand by Don Valley’s voters and to achieve Labour objectives. Most of Labour’s goals will be achieved if this Agreement and the legislation alongside is passed.
“My voters know that, I campaigned for Remain, but I have always accepted the outcome of that referendum and promised to work for the best Deal for Doncaster, to allow a Brexit that doesn’t put jobs at risk. That is why I have constantly worked to improve the deal.
“I know some Leave voters believe we should leave now with no deal; but I have to put the best interests of residents and jobs first; and find a Brexit that brings the country together – Leave and Remain voters - rather than drives them apart.
“I will continue to fight to deliver a Brexit that Don Valley’s voters can support.”