At the end of November, I wrote to my MP about the Brexit situation, and an impending vote that the House of Commons would be deciding upon. The vote for a divorce settlement with the European Union was subsequently deferred by the Prime Minister, due to a fear of it being lost.
In recent days, the Prime Minister has re-opened dialogue with the EU in an attempt to break the impasse that has so divided Parliament, and the country alike. Hopefully Brexit will soon be resolved… although I wouldn’t like to hold my breath on the matter.
As promised, I said I would share the response from Trudy Harrison MP:
Trudy Harrison MP
Member of Parliament for Copeland
HOUSE OF COMMONS
Thank you for your recent correspondence on Brexit.
I have received many hundreds of emails on this in recent weeks, variously asking me to support the deal, reject the deal, and/or advocate for a people’s vote. I have read eloquent arguments for all three positions. One thing unites them all: everyone wants the best for Britain. On that at least, everyone agrees.
I was content with many parts of the Government’s deal. I have been personally involved with aspects of the Agriculture Bill, which will replace the Common Agricultural Policy, and also the Nuclear Safeguards Act, which will enable the safeguarding regime around fissile material. Reading the Withdrawal Agreement and accompanying Political Declaration, it is evident just how much work has been done, and how much progress made.
However, I was not at all satisfied with the proposed Irish ‘backstop’ protocol, which risked trapping us in the European Union. This is a hugely consequential weakness in the deal, and as such I was prepared to reject the agreement in its current form, had it been put to a Parliamentary vote.
I am therefore very pleased that the Prime Minister is attempting to re-open dialogue with the European Union, in order to secure a deal that is better for Britain, thereby fulfilling the will of the majority, both nationwide and in Copeland, who voted in 2016 to leave. I sincerely hope that her efforts will result in a better arrangement than the deal that was to be put before Parliament.
In the meantime, I want to assure you that I will continue to follow developments closely, involve myself in matters that will lead to much-needed progress, and act in Copeland’s best interests. I firmly believe that our success as a nation is attributable not to our membership of a distant bureaucracy, but to our skills, knowledge and competency, and a no-nonsense, can- do attitude which is deeply engrained in our culture. I will vote for a renegotiated deal that shows confidence in our country’s ability to stand on its own two feet, and has ambition for our – and especially our children’s – future outside the EU.
I will be back in touch once there are any further developments. Thank you again for writing to me at this important time for our community and country.
Trudy Harrison MP Member of Parliament for Copeland