Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.


15 NOV 2018

Brexit

Thank you for taking the time to email me about Brexit.

I understand that there are many different views on the Withdrawal Agreement and you may like to read the outline of the future relationship

The draft Withdrawal agreement can also be viewed here:

My own stance is that there is simply not enough detail in the Framework for the Future Relationship for anyone to make any sensible judgement. Shockingly, there is absolutely nothing in the Future Framework document about health, care, public health or research. Yet this is an area which profoundly touches the lives of every citizen in the UK and across our partner EU nations.

There are repeated references throughout the Withdrawal Agreement to "the end of the transition period" which hammers home the extent of what we are losing without any detail in the future framework document on which to make a judgement. The Withdrawal Agreement helps prevent an immediate chaotic exit because of transition but kicks the can down the road on what we are left with thereafter, taking us out of the EU but on a road to nowhere.

The Withdrawal Agreement is a profoundly depressing document for anyone concerned about the future loss of rights and freedoms built up over decades. It is now time for MPs to put aside narrow party political or personal interest and unite to demand a People's Vote on the final deal.

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