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KM Column - Brexit - 21 March 2019

Brexit is now taking away valuable time when we should be focussing on things that really matter to us, like broadband, potholes, mobile phone signal and school bus services. There is so much that we need to do elsewhere and I want to see us start to tackle the key issues in our communities. 

That’s why I voted against a delay in our departure from the European Union last week. Any delaying tactic is just evading a decision, something we have already done for over two years.  My fear now an extension is passed is that we will never see a resolution to this matter. 

It was clear to me that I had to vote for the deal once more last week. It is the only deal on the table and though I accept it is far from perfect, we must remember that this is only our transition deal and we will have to negotiate further during the implementation period to establish our future relationship with the European Union.

Over the past few months, my concerns about the impact of a no-deal Brexit on the communities I have the privilege to represent have not gone away. Using the M26 to park lorries will have significant repercussions for all villages along the A25 and in the surrounding area, and it is not my role to take risks with our economy in such a way. It’s why achieving a deal is so important. The only thing that is currently legislated for is a no deal outcome so, backing an amendment as was proposed last week which would rule out no deal permanently was not binding, and the law would have remained the same anyway.

With the speed things are going it’s going to be difficult to provide precise updates, but please do let me know if you have any thoughts, or you’d like an update from me directly.

Georgie Welford