Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Newspaper column 11 July 18 - Brexit proposals

So far this week in Westminster has been dominated by the follow-up from the Prime Minister’s proposals for continuing our negotiations towards Brexit, which the Cabinet endorsed over the weekend at Chequers.

The proposals have caused a great deal of debate, both in Parliament and across the country.

The proposals include the ending of free movement and taking back control of our borders, no more sending vast sums of our money each year to the EU, and a new business friendly customs model with freedom to strike new trade deals around the world.

They also reiterate that we are leaving the Common Agricultural Policy and Common Fisheries Policy, as well as no hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, or Ireland and Great Britain.

However the proposals have had to compromise on other areas. This is reflective of the Parliamentary position, with no overall Parliamentary majority, as well as the closeness of the EU Referendum result across the whole country.As such, some people may not have seen the hard Brexit outcomes that they wanted in these proposals.

I have some reservations about these proposals and have already questioned the Prime Minister about them in Parliament on Monday.

I asked if the Prime Minister was aware that these proposals go further than many of us, and indeed many voters, would like to see us go and are at the absolute limit of what many of us feel able to agree to. 

As such, for now I am not opposing these proposals but will continue to watch keenly as the negotiations continue in order to ensure that the deal reached does not step away from the Brexit the country and Cornwall voted for.

Of course, the option of ‘no deal’ still remains on the table and must be one which the Prime Minister will seriously consider as we move closer to Brexit. 

The Brexit Bill now has Royal Assent so come what may, we will be leaving the EU on 29 March 2019. Myself and my Cornish MP colleagues will continue to do what we can to ensure Cornwall’s voice is heard during Brexit and beyond. 

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