Letter: Families fear they will be torn apart after vote

Labour had the chance to block Theresa Mays hard Brexit but chose to sit on their hands.
Labour had the chance to block Theresa Mays hard Brexit but chose to sit on their hands.

Last week, Parliament authorised Prime Minister Theresa May to trigger Article 50.

During the debate, the Liberal Democrats tried to keep the two amendments passed by the Lords, namely to guarantee EU citizens’ Right to Stay and guarantee a meaningful vote in Parliament on the final deal in the bill.

Unfortunately, both amendments were defeated. Labour had the chance to block Theresa May’s hard Brexit but chose to sit on their hands. As a result, there are families fearful that they will be torn apart.

Labour could also have ensured ministers were held to account in Brexit negotiations but again Labour failed. But our fight will not end here. We will continue to fight to keep Britain in the single market, guarantee EU citizens right to stay, protect science and research funding and co-operation, to save the Erasmus scheme and we will never stop fighting for a Britain that is open, tolerant and united.

Labour on the other hand has shown time and time again that they will not stand up to the Conservatives on Brexit leaving us as the only party that not only continues to represent the 48% of the people who voted to remain, but also many of the 52% that did not vote for a Hard Brexit.

Kamran Hussain

Yorkshire and Humber Liberal Democrats

Brexit spokesperson