- Category: Weekly Column
Britain is at a crossroads. The people voted last June to leave the EU, and Parliament has now triggered Article 50 to carry out their will. The complex two-year-long negotiations will start shortly, and the Prime Minister quite rightly is seeking a strong mandate to secure the best deal she can for Britain. Labour, having voted for Article 50, has nonetheless made it plain that they intend to use assorted Parliamentary shenanigans to stop Brexit happening. They are supported in that by a rag-bag of LibDems, Greens and Scottish Nationalists. However, Brexit cannot and will not be reversed. We have had that referendum and now the only questions are about the deal itself.
So Theresa May is offering a very clear and stark choice. A Conservative Government elected on June 8th with a powerful mandate will continue the strong, clear, statesmanlike Government which she has already demonstrated is her way. She will take a strong negotiating stance with the EU backed by that mandate, and we can look forward to a strong and independent Britain in 2 years’ time. The only possible alternative would be some kind of Coalition, led no doubt by Jeremy Corbyn, and presumably made up of a variety of MPs, including the Liberal Democrats.
Here in North Wiltshire, I was very grateful for and humbled by, the substantial majority I achieved two years ago, and hope and trust that the people will renew their faith and support for me. I hope I am right in thinking that I have been a pretty hard working local MP speaking up and fighting battles for people of all political persuasions and those with none. I very much want to continue that important work.
And I do above all want to play my part in delivering the strong Conservative Government which the country needs at this time. Wiltshire voted 52/48 in favour of leaving the EU (and don’t believe any propaganda from other parties pretending that North Wiltshire was different and actually voted to stay. The fact is that the vagaries of the counting system are such that no-one could possibly claim that was true.) My instinct is that since the Referendum last June, more and more people have become convinced that leaving the EU is the right thing to do, and will want to re-elect a Conservative Government committed to the best interests of all during the forthcoming negotiations.