REPRESENTING SOUTH EAST ENGLAND IN THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

John Howarth is Labour MEP for South East England.

The constituency includes Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey and West Sussex - that's a population of more than 8 million adults.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2019

Commemorating the Holocaust is more essential as the years pass - read John's blog.

Brexit - not what it said on the tin

John says:

"30 months after the UK's referendum on membership of the European Union it is clear that Brexit will not be anything like what was promised by the 'leave' campaigners.

"UK citizens will see their rights removed, they will not enjoy "the same benefits as members of the EU". The UK will not have "new trade deals" in place when it is due to leave. They still can't explain what the "opportunities of Brexit" are - other than the chance to dodge tax for their hedge funds.

"There is and always was a choice with Brexit: stay close to the EU structures, minimise the economic damage but lose our say over the rules and structures; or pull away from those structure and inflict immense economic damage on our economy and the welfare of our people. There is nothing else - other than staying.

"The promises were false. The people deserve the chance to think again. In a democracy right to change our mind is fundamental, that's why I support putting the outcome to a vote and scrapping Brexit.