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Dagenham MP ‘looking forward’ to getting Brexit ball rolling

PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 January 2017 | UPDATED: 12:56 26 January 2017

Barking MP Dame Margaret Hodge and Dagenham MP Jon Cruddas are expected to vote to trigger Article 50.

Barking MP Dame Margaret Hodge and Dagenham MP Jon Cruddas are expected to vote to trigger Article 50.

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Dagenham’s MP said he is “looking forward” to getting the Brexit process moving ahead of a vote to trigger Article 50.

Jon Cruddas, who represents Dagenham and Rainham, will join MPs in voting on Article 50 legislation after the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that a Parliamentary vote was mandatory to initiate negotiations to leave the EU.

The bill enabling the Brexit process to begin is set to be introduced in the Commons later today.

Mr Cruddas, who himself voted to remain in the EU, said they would “have to make [Brexit] work”.

“I will be voting to trigger article 50 to start the process of exiting the EU as reflected in the both the vote in the country as well as locally,” he said.

“There are lots of issues to discuss and I look forward to getting this process moving – we now have to make this work for our community and our country.”

The majority of MPs have indicated they will back the legislation, reflecting the country’s decision to leave the EU in June. In Barking and Dagenham, 62 per cent of voters were in favour of leaving the union, compared to a much tighter national majority of 52 to 48pc.

Barking MP Margaret Hodge, who also campaigned to remain in the EU, is likewise expected to back Article 50.

Britain’s negotiations to exit the EU can only begin when Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon is formally triggered by the UK. Once initiated, the whole process is expected to take at least two years.


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