Last week the High Court held that the Government could not use its Royal Prerogative to invoke Article 50 and that it would be Parliament that has the final say on when Article 50 is invoked. This is the procedure which effectively starts the divorce proceeding from the European Union by giving notice to the remaining 27 member states.
I have received many emails and letters from constituents seeking my position and I would like to take this opportunity to reply.
Some sections of the right wing media and Parliamentarians who really should know better have used the judgment to sow the seeds of division. It is important to note that the High Court judgment was unanimous and independent of outside influence.
Labour accepts and respects the referendum result and recognises that the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union. But the role of Parliament in deciding how we exit is vital. One of the central arguments put forward for leaving the European Union was taking back control of our sovereignty, the High Court judgment makes sure that Parliament is indeed sovereign and that should surely be celebrated.
I campaigned to remain in the European Union because I thought that staying within would be best for jobs and growth in Hull. The European Union has directly invested millions into our local economy and this can be seen in the Siemens blade factory, the new Spencer Group development on Bankside in East Hull as well as our fantastic stadium facilities at Hull KR which was built using money from the European Union Regional Development Grant Funding.
Despite this, I absolutely and categorically respect the majority of people in East Hull who voted to leave the European Union. I consider it my duty to make sure your voice is heard loudly and clearly. So if the Supreme Court upholds the decision of the High Court, I will not frustrate the process by voting against triggering Article 50.
To be clear, I will give my full backing to the Government in their endeavours to leave the European Union. During the negotiation period between the Government and the European Union, I will do all that I can do to make sure the best deal is delivered for people in East Hull. This means proper protections on employment rights such as maternity and paternity leave, statutory sick pay as well as crucially important health and safety legislation. We need a fair deal for East Hull coming out of these negotiations.
I am determined that East Hull does not lose out in this process and that our great city continues to flourish. I look forward to working with my colleagues across political divides in Parliament to scrutinise the Government’s plans and seek the best deal for Hull.
Karl Turner MP