Reading East MP Matt Rodda (Labour) gave a speech during parliament’s UK nationals in the EU debate on 12 September in which he warned that the government’s “heavy handed” approach to post-Brexit immigration could split up families.
The EU withdrawal bill passed its first parliamentary test on the night of 11 September by 326 votes to 290. Both Reading MPs Matt Rodda (Reading East, Labour) and Alok Sharma (Reading West, Conservative) voted in line with their respective parties; Matt Rodda voted against the bill and Alok Sharma voted for it.
The MP for Reading East, Rob Wilson, voted in parliament in February to give the prime minister power to trigger ‘article 50’ that begins the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. There was the briefest of Twitter storms at about the same time whether the Reading East constituency had voted to leave or to remain in the EU, and whether Rob Wilson was representing his constituents.
After a parliamentary debate on 19 October, both Reading’s Conservative MPs, Rob Wilson and Alok Sharma, voted against a motion calling on the government to ensure that European Union (EU) nationals living in the country retain their current right to live and work in the UK, if the UK leaves the EU.