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My Thoughts on Brexit

May 14, 2017 9:00 PM
By Martyn Pennington

Liberal BirdOn 23 June 2016 the UK voted by a narrow majority to leave the European Union. I canvassed for a 'remain' vote in North Thanet, but we lost. However, the comment of one man I spoke to stayed with me; he said "In 1975 we voted to join a single market, but we didn't vote for all this political union". It goes to show how different people expected different things when voting 'leave'.

We believe that, if we are outside the European Union, we should be part of the single market. The Tory Government has already rejected this option, meaning that they have already rejected 'the best possible deal' - our companies will therefore find exports are more difficult, jobs will be more at risk, and there will be less money for the more vulnerable in our society.

When the Prime Minister talks of 'the best possible deal', she means the best possible deal for the Tory party, so she will try in the negotiations to rid us of all the commitments to workers' rights, to women's equality, to combatting climate change and conserving energy, to transparency in company finance and tax evasion, or to upholding sanctions against corrupt dictators and supporting human rights in the world, which we made as EU members. Make no mistake, this agenda of hers is not one for all British people, it's an agenda for right-wing Toryism.

Which is why we believe that the British people absolutely must be given the chance to judge the package for leaving the EU which the Government proposes. Why are we having a General Election now? Why did the Government struggle so hard to avoid Parliamentary scrutiny of the negotiations? Because they want to stitch up a deal which we can't go back on. Strong and stable means we'll be left closing the stable door after the Brexit deal has bolted.