As the co-leader of a party that stands for environmental, social and economic justice I can’t vote for Theresa May’s extreme Brexit – a plan for which she has no mandate; a plan for which nobody voted.
I’ve tabled and signed amendments to this Bill to protect freedom of movement, and vital rights for people and the environment. These have all been rejected by the Government.
Now we’re looking at the most reckless version of Brexit imaginable – out of both the customs union and the single market, even though they are currently the best way to protect against massive negative impacts on our society, our economy and our environment for generations to come.
Sadly, Labour aren’t even trying to block the Prime Minister’s plans. Aside from a few brave rebels, they’ll vote to trigger Article 50 tonight. We have no safeguards against the potentially disastrous consequences of May’s plans, and they’re just waving them through.
I can’t believe I’m writing this. In one of the most important votes of our country’s history the Labour front bench will be giving Theresa May everything she wants on a plate.
Soon I’ll be going into the voting lobbies, and I’ll be joined by fewer MPs than I would like. But I’m not alone; I have the support of the only Party standing up for our environmental and social protections.
This vote isn’t the end. It’s just the beginning. It’s time to fight for our country’s future, and to face what’s next together.
Co-leader of Green Party and MP for Brighton Pavilion.