David’s House Notes

1st August 2018

It would be fair to say that the last few weeks of the Parliamentary session have been so eventful that much may have happened between the time I write this column and the time you read it.

The cause of much of the excitement has been Brexit.  Since the referendum in 2016, I have generally not used this column as a platform to discuss the matter (you deserve somewhere to escape from the issue!) but I think the time is right to set out a few thoughts.

I attended the Cabinet meeting at Chequers where we backed the Prime Minister’s plan.  I want to explain why.

The British people voted to leave the European Union.  That decision should be respected and implemented.  But it is important that Ministers and MPs involved in delivering the decision do so that is both consistent with the vote and in the country’s best interests.

At present, there appear to be three options available to us.  First, an acrimonious ‘no deal’.  This would cause all sides significant economic damage.  Second, a free trade agreement for Great Britain which would be very limited, still cause us significant economic harm and would mean that Northern Ireland would be treated differently.  And , third, membership of the European Economic Area which means that ‘free movement’ would continue.

None of these options are attractive.  Our interests are in getting a good deal and we need to unblock the negotiations, which is why we need to come forward with new proposals that can help us deliver a successful negotiation. 

Brexit is complex.  To meet our objectives of delivering the referendum result, maintaining a strong economy and protecting the union will requires flexibility from all sides.  The Prime Minister deserves support in trying to deliver that.


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