THE news in recent weeks has been dominated by parliamentary procedure and media speculation about Brexit and possible General Elections.

In the midst of the furore, it is easy to forget that what really matters with Brexit is what impact it has on people.

Throughout all the parliamentary debates and procedures, I’ve tried to keep in mind the impact any form of Brexit could have on my constituents.

Thousands of local residents work in jobs that are wholly or partly dependent on the EU, or on our trade with EU countries.

In deciding how to vote in the Commons, I have tried to take account of what impact each choice would have on their prospects.

It was shocking that the latest Withdrawal Agreement didn’t even have an economic impact assessment.

The Commons was quite right to refuse to debate the Bill on such a rushed time-frame without such an important piece of evidence.

I am also deeply concerned about the impact the Brexit process is having on our friends, family and colleagues from EU countries whose status is now in doubt.

The Government had promised EU citizens living and working in the UK that they had nothing to worry about, that their status would not change.

We now know that this was a false promise.

We are seeing people who have lived and worked in the UK for decades facing problems getting Settled Status.

People working in valuable roles in the NHS and education are being threatened with deportation.

And then there are the everyday practical issues that still haven’t been answered: Will we be able to get the medicines we need? Will the ports be able to cope? Will shops run out of stock?

In 2017 I was elected on a clear platform of opposing Brexit. I firmly believe that the current deal we have as a member of the EU is the best deal on the table.

I get more letters and emails about Brexit than any other issue by far, and they are overwhelmingly asking me to do everything I can to stop Brexit.

I will continue to keep the impact on my constituents at the centre of my thinking every time I vote on Brexit in the House of Commons.