Indian-origin MP Virendra Sharma refuses to back the Brexit bill

Britain’s opposition Labour party is facing crisis after Indian-origin MP Virendra Sharma refused to support the Brexit bill intended to push the UK’s official exit from the European Union (EU). 

In his statement, Ealing Southall MP – Virendra Sharma said that his constituency had voted to remain in the EU and he could not ignore his people and their voices. "I will not vote for a Brexit blank cheque... I cannot in good conscience vote to trigger Article 50 while it will threaten people's jobs, wages and pensions," he said.

Indian-Origin MP in the UK - Virendra Sharma
Virendra Sharma said he can't ignore his people and their voices. Photo: Connected to India

"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," Sharma added.

Virendra Sharma also explained that people don’t have a clarity on the UK’s relationship with crucial international institutions.

Following his announcement, party colleague Tulip Siddiq has resigned from her shadow Cabinet role as education minister in order to vote against the new Brexit bill in Parliament.

Deepti Kaul
Deepti Kaul – Senior Writer

Deepti Kaul has over a decade’s experience in journalism. She has worked with media giants like Hindustan Times, NDTV, India Today, IndiaTV and as a freelancer. She loves to write on Indians abroad, fashion, lifestyle,food, travel, showbiz, education, parenting while meeting people and experiencing different cultures.


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