Ruth George MP has been holding extensive consultations on Brexit with meetings of High Peak businesses and public meetings in Buxton and Glossop as well as an online survey and says opposition to Theresa May’s deal is growing.
“Businesses at my summit on Friday were also unanimous in saying they would prefer us to stay in the European Union because of its benefits for trade, travel and certainty. The vast majority of speakers at my public meetings also rejected the government’s proposed two options of its deal or no deal, and pointed out that we are better off in the EU.”
“I’d like to thank nearly 200 people who came out to my public meetings in Buxton and Glossop for excellent discussions. I heard a wide range of views on immigration and free movement, the impact of Brexit on our economy, on local jobs, on investment, devolution and climate change.”
“No speakers approved of Theresa May’s deal, and pointed out it gives us neither control over our borders and laws, nor the full benefits of the Customs Union and single market, plus it will lead to a minimum of another 2 or 3 years of uncertainty on our future position after 2020, which still needs to be negotiated. It really is a bad deal.
“It was really useful for me to hear from so many people before all the many decisions over the next couple of months.
“I will be voting against the proposed deal on the basis of the evidence and local views, but I and local people also reject the option of No Deal which all the evidence shows will lead to chaos at our borders, vital industries leaving the UK, and a huge hit to our economy. That will hurt our public services and people in poverty even more.
“The way forward from here will be not be easy as Parliament tries to find a workable route out of this. That’s why I have asked constituents what they want to see at the end of the Brexit process, and for people who voted to leave the EU, what they wanted to change.”
Completing my Brexit survey, as more than 1,000 people have already done, will give me a more detailed view of what my constituents want from the Brexit process. If you haven’t completed the survey yet, please do, it only takes two minutes.”
You can complete Ruth’s survey online at: http://ruthforhighpeak.co.uk/