*This article was first published in the Edinburgh Evening Newspaper on the 20/11/18*

IT’S going to be another rollercoaster of a week in British politics.

Who knows exactly what will happen in the coming days, but we can be certain of one thing: there will be more chaos at the heart of politics.

Theresa May appears determined to carry on fighting, even if the magical number of 48 letters calling on her to resign is reached and the Tories’ arcane rulebook comes into play.
But, whether she survives or not, her Brexit deal has zero chance of getting through parliament.

There is no such thing as a ‘good’ Brexit deal. That message needs to not only be understood by the Tory government, but also by my own party.
Brexit will decimate jobs, harm our economy and put hard-fought workers’ rights at risk.

It’s time to stop this madness.

This constitutional uncertainty is deeply damaging for businesses here in Edinburgh.

We have one of the most successful local economies in the UK, built on a thriving services sector.

But companies need certainty and the destructive plan to take us out of the EU has already hit our economy – and we haven’t even left yet.

There is, however, an opportunity to save jobs and allow Edinburgh’s economy to flourish. It’s called a People’s Vote.

In 2016, nobody voted to make themselves poorer, but that’s precisely the reality of Brexit. In the interests of democracy, control should be put back in the hands of the British people.

We deserve the chance to decide if we still want to go ahead with this hair-brained scheme to take us out of the EU.

I believe the momentum towards a People’s Vote is now unstoppable. When it comes, I’m confident the people of Edinburgh – and the UK – will vote to remain in the EU.

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