Since the Referendum result, I have received over 1200 emails from constituents, the vast majority of whom – like me – voted to stay in the EU and are now concerned about the next steps forward.
My own view, at present, is that Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, which starts the exit procedure, should not be invoked without a vote in the House of Commons. Before any such vote takes place, MPs and my constituents are entitled to know the basis upon which the government intends to proceed. The process should not therefore be rushed and it certainly should not start straight away.
Leaving the EU will also require repealing the European Communities Act 1972, which again is a matter for Parliament. Before that happens, my constituents have the right to know the terms on which the government seeks to withdraw from the EU and the type of relationship the Government suggests we should have with the EU in future. Again, I believe there should be a full and open public debate about this before any vote in Parliament is taken.
Given the huge public concern about this, I will be holding a public meeting along with Council leader, Sarah Hayward, at 7.30pm on Thursday 14th July in Camden Town Hall to discuss the way forward. I hope you and as many local residents as possible are able to join me.