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Letter To My MP

I Voted For Brexit, Not Calamity

This morning, I wrote to my MP, Trudy Harrison, about the forthcoming Brexit vote in the House of Commons. Now, while I did vote for leaving the European Union, I didn’t vote for calamity.

In my opinion, exiting the EU on bad terms without a divorce agreement in place will be detrimental to the UK and could block any possibility of a future trade agreement with our closest neighbour.

  • Those pushing for a clean break seem oblivious to consequences that could ensue.

Here’s what I wrote:

Dear Trudy, as you will be acutely aware, there will be a vote on December 11th, with regards to exiting the European Union.

Having weighed the options, I feel that rejecting the Prime Ministers deal could lead the UK down a dark road, frought with many difficulties. It’s highly likely that the journey would be unsavoury, calamitous, and extremely destructive to the UK as a whole.

A ‘yea’ vote for the Article 50 Withdrawal Agreement would be pragmatic, and in the national interest. And as such, I urge you to vote with your conscience and to vote for the deal that has been negotiated in good faith, and placed before us.

If I get a response from Trudy, I will add her comments here.

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11 comments

    1. We joined a Common Market back in 1973. It was at the time, a trading block and quite a sensible thing to sign up to, especially after near bankruptcy of two world wars.

      Unfortunately, over the years, treaty after treaty were signed by our Prime Ministers, which subsequently passed much sovereignty over to Brussels, where a lot of our laws were dictated from.

      The EU has grown into a beast that many don’t like. The Greeks would leave if they could, but owe loads of cash to Germany. The Italians want out of the EU too, as do many others.

      Emmanuel Macron, the French President was once asked would he be willing to give his country a vote in a referendum. He said “non” because people would vote to leave.

      The closer integration among countries, the immigration, etc has caused many a problem. Right wing groups are also beginning to raise their ugly heads, twisting genuine concerns to push their racist propaganda. Its all a worry.

      I’m glad we voted to leave, and I’m sure many in the EU will be envious. We’ll be the first in a long line of domino’s.

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  1. Interesting. Huge topic – of course! The idea behind the European project, in my view, is fundamentally sound; historically, people come together – otherwise we’d all still be running round in little states shouting about our out of date nationalism (and no one does that anymore, do they?). BUT, history also shows that people need to come together in their own time. One of the problems with the EU seems to be an over-inflated sense of its own righteousness – it has so many flaws that it is unwilling to address – eg it is undemocratic, different standards apply in different member states, expenses are outrageous etc. And uncontrolled freedom of movement, however lovely an idea it might be, is actually unsustainable if you think it through. I think it’s only a minority of nutters and neanderthals who ‘don’t want any foreigners’ – we are a nation of hybrids, after all. Anyway, I reluctantly voted to leave. But what has happened since is a complete shambles. I see where you’re coming from, but I can’t help thinking that Terry’s bungled and we’ll end up having to go along with legislation without any say in it. In that case – a) we’d be better off in the EU and b) what a complete waste of our money this debacle has been. What would really worry me, though, would be if we lost the ability to debate it reasonably; I have found the extreme reactions and language from both sides – though I think particularly on the part of some ‘remainers’ – profoundly shocking. Of course, in the future people will look back and this will just be one small part of our history…

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    1. It’s a very complicated subject, especially when people can be so emotional about it. Lol.

      I agree with you that the idea is sound, and as you say, it’s the execution of the project. People just don’t like being force fed, which is what was happening.

      I’d be happy for us to tootle along in a common market, but that wasn’t the choice that was put before us. Unfortunately.

      It’ll all work itself out in the end. Hopefully.

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  2. It is a worry, I was a leaver too but never thought that it would come to this! I feel all of the parties have let everyone down, after this I doubt that I will ever vote again. It’s a complete shambles.

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    1. I knew it would be difficult, and Northern Ireland would be a problem, but yeah – it has turned into a shambles with half the country divided. Its a real shame.

      Even if the deal is accepted on Dec 11th, I suspect more underhand tactics will take place – legal challenges, etc.

      Hopefully the deal – and its not ideal – will be agreed, and we can all begin to come together in harmony.

      God help us if the same scenarios play out when we begin individual trade talks with the USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, etc. We’ll end up nowhere.

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  3. I voted remain but accept the result. And having seen how the views of the public are largely ignored by some of those in power I’d now vote to leave. Chuka Umunna is one in particular that has gotten right under my nose with his rabid nonsense of doom. He’s a champagne socialist, earning around £160,000 a year on the back of his comfy career as an MP. The greedy sod.

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  4. I voted to leave also. But I think our mistake was having a Remainer in charge was never a good idea. She was never going to get what we voted for because she never wanted it. I’m up for a no deal now we’ll survive, I never voted for a half arsed Brexit. I can appreciate Remainers don’t think this is a good idea and I will not debate my thoughts anymore, my face is blue.
    For the record, all my friends who voted leave wanted a no deal, which is about 80% of my friend circle. Hope you get what you wanted mate!

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