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MP Gwynne confirms how he will vote on Article 50
Friday 27th January 2017 @ 14:08 by Adam Higgins
Denton & Audenshaw News

Denton and Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne has confirmed he will vote to trigger Article 50, which would begin the process of negotiating Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.

In response to this week’s Supreme Court ruling, which stipulated that the Government cannot use the Royal Prerogative to trigger Article 50, the Government released a White Paper which would formally give the Prime Minister that power through a Parliamentary vote backed by a majority of MP’s.

But Mr Gwynne has reassured constituents he will respect the decision of voters – with a number of his constituents deciding to vote to leave the European Union in last year’s referendum.

The MP said: “The judges decided on a point of law that the Government cannot use the Royal Prerogative to trigger Article 50 and that Parliament must formally give the Prime Minister that power.

“I fully accept the decision taken by voters at the referendum, both locally and in the country more widely, and will honour their wishes at next week’s vote in Parliament.

“Once its clearer what shape the negotiations and what a possible deal will look like, it is wholly Parliament’s sovereign role to scrutinise the Government. My job as an elected MP now is to make sure Brexit works for Denton and Reddish.

“That’s precisely the parliamentary sovereignty I believe the public voted for on 23 June.”

The vote is expected to be held within the next two weeks, with Brexit Secretary David Davis saying earlier this week the Government intends to introduce the Article 50 bill ‘within days’.