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“I will not vote to trigger Article 50 without a real plan for the future”

Next week Parliament will be asked to vote on triggering Article 50, beginning the formal process of withdrawal from the European Union.

While I did not support leaving the EU, the referendum was a democratic exercise and I believe the results should be respected. I do not believe we should ignore the voices of those people that did vote to leave the EU, but my constituency overwhelmingly voted to remain.

Our economy is fragile, especially our international exchange rates, since the decision to leave the EU. I am concerned by the lack of planning by the Government for what has happened in the previous sixth months and worry that we face threats the Government is ill prepared to face.

Membership of European Union includes affiliation with a number of important coordinating bodies that increase British influence, streamline administration and make doing business easier across the continent.

Virendra Sharma, MP, Ealing, Southall:

I will not vote for a Brexit blank cheque. I consider continued cooperation with the ‘European Medicines Agency’, the ‘European Aviation Safety Agency’ and the ‘European Police Office’ (Europol) essential to British prosperity and security.

I cannot in good conscience vote to trigger Article 50 while it will threaten people’s jobs, wages and pensions. Access to the Single Market and a legal commitment to ensure the labour rights, health and safety protections, consumer rights, and environmental standards we currently enjoy are all key to my political beliefs.

If we cannot get clarity on our relationship with crucial international institutions then I will not vote to trigger Article 50 without a real plan for the future"

I will not vote to trigger Article 50 without a real plan for the future

“I will not vote to trigger Article 50 without a real plan for the future” Next week Parliament will be asked to vote on triggering Article 50, beginning the formal...

Republic Day 2017

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I would like to firstly wish each and every one of you a Happy Republic Day.

Each year we celebrate the country that India is, and reflect on where we have come from and where we are going. A nation founded on the Nehruvian principles of equality, secularity and freedom, today we are given an opportunity to celebrate what makes India great.

70 years ago India’s founders dreamt that a better nation was possible and they created one. When we see challenges ahead of us now we must not think they are unassailable, but instead we should emulate India’s founders and create a better country than we found.

I hope that all of us can learn from the lessons of India and be the change we want to see in all spheres, personal, social and political. No challenge is too great when the power of the largest democracy or one person driven with a real desire to change things is behind you.

Happy Republic Day.

Happy Republic Day 2017

Republic Day 2017   I would like to firstly wish each and every one of you a Happy Republic Day. Each year we celebrate the country that India is, and...

Safe use of drones would protect Heathrow

In the first six months of 2016, there were more reported near misses between drones and aircraft over the UK than in the whole of 2015. More recently, a drone the size of a football flew within 20m of a passenger jet as it approached Heathrow Airport. With drone use becoming increasingly popular, I am raising awareness of how to use drones safely to ensure such incidents are avoided.

Public use of UAVs and drones has been growing for some time now, with drones becoming cheaper and more toy-like. However, the effect of their presence near aircraft in the sky is very real. When using drones, please ensure that they are visible at all times, flown below 400ft and not flown over congested areas. The safer drones are flown, the more they can be used and the safer Heathrow Airport and its passengers will be. I am calling on the Home Secretary to do more to protect the residents of Ealing, if actions aren’t taken soon then it is only a matter of time until a horrible accident.

Because of this threat I have asked the Home Secretary to take action to improve safety for those of us living near Heathrow. I have also asked her to support a new information awareness campaign to ensure that UAV and drone flyers know the danger they may pose if they ignore the regulations.”

Virendra Sharma MP

An investigation into the near miss around Heathrow Airport has concluded that the drone had endangered the lives of those on the plane as a collision had only narrowly been avoided. In response, Sion Roberts, head of drone training academy RUSTA, said, “It is vital that distributors and sellers make their customers aware of the rules.”

The Civil Aviation Authority have stated that it is “totally unacceptable to fly drones close to aircraft and airports” and that “anyone flouting the rules can face severe penalties including time in prison.” 

Drone Awareness Campaign

Safe use of drones would protect Heathrow In the first six months of 2016, there were more reported near misses between drones and aircraft over the UK than in the...


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