Parliamentary Response

Letter From Trudy Harrison MP In Response To My Brexit Dispatch

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.

Letter From Trudy Harrison MP

As promised, I said I would share the response from Trudy Harrison MP:

Trudy Harrison MP
Member of Parliament for Copeland

Dear Sean.
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.

Yours sincerely,
Trudy Harrison MP Member of Parliament for Copeland



  1. That ‘re-open dialogue’ thing went well didn’t it? About a nebulous ‘deal’ that wasn’t open for renegotiation in the first place, as the PM had already stated herself in Parliament.
    And this clear rejection of another vote because it would be a betrayal of umm… because people already voted before when they didn’t actually know anything like they know now so we’ll keep that one sacrosanct…

    Leavers are scared and leavers are (and were always) divided. They didn’t all have the same reasons to want to leave in the first place so there’s no way any of the various factions is going to be letting go of their ‘hard won’ victory for one reason or another.

    Leave or Remain? It was a laughable question in the first place wasn’t it?

    Leaving at all is proving to be a little harder to justify for any single reason you can think of.

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    1. The ultimate outcome will undoubtedly be a fudge in an attempt to appease everyone – and nobody will be happy – what guise that arrives in, I haven’t a clue. Nor do our politicians.

      I don’t regret voting leave, despite the mess – and would vote the same way again if asked the same question.

      But, I think that most MPs would avoid another referendum because we’ll end up with an even bigger problem to solve than what we have right now.

      Politics has overcomplicated it all.

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      1. Politics was the start of it all Sean. It was only asked of us because of politics and it divided an otherwise moany but getting on with it people.
        The only reason there was a referendum was that they sensed people were unhappy with their lives and were blaming the Government but shifted the blame to Europe instead of taking it themselves.
        It was always in their power not to have an austerity policy, not to cut council and NHS budgets, not to cut police manpower costs, to control borders better etc, but scapegoated the EU and made out they were not letting ‘us’ do better.
        The outcome will be a fudge because the arrogant ‘we’re British and that makes us special’ Government never knew what they were doing before their flawed referendum and still don’t.

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