My local MP is the Conservative Richard Harrington. A “vote remain” supporter in the referendum, he currently has the position of Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. I’ve written the following letter to him to set out my views on the upcoming “EU Withdrawal Agreement”.
Dear Mr Harrington,
I am writing with regard to the forthcoming debates and motions in Parliament regarding the “Withdrawal” agreement negotiated by this government. I wish to make clear my views on this issue.
First, I wish it to be known I do not support this agreement. Whilst I can appreciate it may allow the UK some flexibility to negotiate a further trade agreement, I am of the view the UK should either be in the EU and enjoying all the benefits and rights that brings, or outside and able to build whatever comes next without further constraints.
Second, I also wish it to be known that I believe the correct course of action now is for a second referendum to occur. This issue has become far too divisive to ignore the will of the people. Much has happened since the first referendum in 2016 and it is time for the British people to be able to take stock and consider whether they wish to leave the EU without a deal, accept Mrs May’s Withdrawal agreement or remain within the EU.
Finally, if the agreement is voted down I ask that you support the removal of Mrs May from office through Conservative Party procedures and a general election. Whilst I do not wish to see a Labour Government in power, again I believe the country needs the opportunity to have its voice heard.
I trust you will consider these views when deciding how to vote during the forthcoming parliamentary debate.
Update: I heard Mr Harrington on the radio during the first day of the Brexit debates. Unfortunately he appears to have already made up his mind to support May’s deal. A response, even an acknowledgement, to my email has yet to be received.
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