Local people and local businesses are worried about Brexit – but a no-deal Brexit is unfathomable to them, due to the irreparable damage it will do.
With Boris Johnson as prime minister, the threat of a no-deal Brexit is more real than ever before. Along with other MPs, I have been inundated with residents’ concerns over what this will mean for their livelihoods, their families, and the hostile environment they have been forced to live in, by a government that is willing to drive us off a cliff edge.
I stood up for the UK under Theresa May and I will not hesitate to do so again under Boris Johnson.
Around Tooting, I regularly speak to people about Brexit – their concerns around it are wide-ranging, covering a host of issues. Many of them are captured in this video.
They are worried about their EU friends, they are worried about climate change protections, they want to know the cost of imports and exports. These are people telling me that they are a Londoner, they are proudly-British and proudly-European. I fit all of these categories too.
I think a public vote on any Brexit outcome must be mandatory and in any referendum or election, I will be campaigning to Remain. Every day, I see the benefits that the EU brings to Tooting, to businesses, big and small, and to families and friends – I would not want to lose that. We must not lose that. Any attempt to force through a no-deal Brexit must be met with an equal measure of objection and rejection.
I will continue to stand with people from Tooting and across the country who seek to protect our identity, and protect the benefits that the EU continues to provide us.
Rosena Allin-Khan is Labour MP for Tooting and an A&E doctor at St George's Hospital.
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