03 FEB 2019

Brexit. What Happens Next

The grim news from Sunderland that Nissan have pulled out from a major future investment, should come as no surprise. Even Patrick Minford, one of the very few economists who Mr Rees Mogg and other hard Brexiteers can rely on to support their views, told a Parliamentary committee that WTO would all but destroy the UK car industry, but inferred this would be a price worth paying. Not for the tens of thousands of people and their families who depend on Nissan for their livelihoods across the North East.

It is not just the steady drum beat of warnings from firms like Jaguar Land Rover, Honda, Airbus and the pharmaceuticals sector that should worry us but the deep concerns of small and medium size companies the length and breadth of the UK about the consequences of No Deal.

It's easy to talk glibly about 'clean Brexit' but there is nothing clean or appealing about the reality of No Deal. I've seen the slogans 'Let's go WTO' outside Parliament, but there is a good reason why no country chooses to trade exclusively on those 4th division terms. All nations prefer trade deals but these are complex and time consuming to negotiate. At a stroke, if we exit with No Deal, we lose the trade deals we enjoy covering nearly 80 countries which extend to us because we are members of the EU. These deals cover around two thirds of all our goods exports and, as with the car industry, it is likely that other countries would prefer to import from nations with whom there are deals in place.

For our part, simply removing tariffs unilaterally on imports from one country, would oblige us under WTO rules to remove them from all which would mean kissing goodbye to major sectors of our own industries. How would our own farmers compete with a flood of cheap imports of lamb, beef and vegetables? The simple answer is that they would not cope with a rush to the bottom on pricing and the inevitable trade offs on welfare standards.

Far from being the 'easiest deal in human history', to quote the International Trade Secretary, Brexit reality does involve difficult trade offs and compromises. We were promised that scores of deals would be ready on the stroke of midnight as we left the EU, that 'Britain would hold all the cards' and that we would retain the 'exact same benefits'.

The reality is that the Prime Minister is  presenting us with a choice between a bad deal that leaves us with no future certainty and No Deal.

It turns out that No Deal is worse than a bad deal - but I do not accept that this is a binary choice. I don't accept that either of these choices can be said to represent the 'will of the people'.

Having lost the vote to ratify the deal in Parliament by an historic margin of 230, the government then cobbled together an assortment of backbenchers to produce an amendment to try to paper over the cracks. The deliberate fiction underlying the so called Brady Amendment, was a mirage that the Prime Minister could unilaterally achieve a renegotiation of the Irish Backstop. That together with offers of constituency bungs for wavering Labour MPs was enough to scrape the amendment over the line last week but I suspect the divisions within both main parties run too deep for that alliance to hold when the Meaningful Vote to ratify the deal returns to Parliament..

There is no prospect that the legal text of the Withdrawal Agreement will be reopened and the Brady amendment will have achieved nothing but leave us rolling closer to the edge of the cliff edge of No Deal on March 29th.

We are woefully unprepared for that crash and it is worth looking at the report from the independent Institute for Government which sets out the sheer scale of the legislative and planning backlog https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/sites/default/files/publications/brexit-two-months-to-go-final-web.pdf

Despite the looming chaos, this week Parliament has no Brexit bills on the order paper. On Monday for example, government has scheduled a general debate on sport. I support the cancellation of the February recess but this must be used for serious action on the backlog, not left as window dressing with MPs free to continue any holiday plans they might find it inconvenient to rearrange. We do not have the luxury of time as there are fewer than thirty Parliamentary sitting days until the UK is set to leave an alliance of structures and interdependencies that have built up over more than four decades.

As the countdown to the meaningful vote on 14th February continues, many MPs will be weighing up whether they should knowingly vote for a bad deal in order to avoid the chaos of leaving with No Deal and no transition.

They should not accept that miserable binary choice but make it clear that no responsible government could inflict that kind of pain on the people. I could not remain in the Conservative Party if its policy objective was to deliver such a disaster or if that became its de facto policy after the Meaningful Vote by deliberately continuing to run down the clock.

The current deal is also problematic in that it pleases neither remainers nor the leavers who were lied to about the inevitable trade offs that would be necessary to at least partially protect jobs, livelihoods, supply chains and the wider economy, security and health.

Government could and should rule out No Deal and seek consent from the British People before an irreversible leap into economic decline which will set back our ability to reverse austerity. Checking consent through a People's Vote is the only way to be sure that this really is the will of the people.

It may be that people decide the benefits of Brexit outweigh the risks but this would be in the full knowledge of the version of Brexit involved.

Without this valid consent there is no consent and we face years of ongoing division, recrimination and resentment as the consequences unfold.

There is nothing anti democratic about pausing Article 50 for a further democratic process and I will continue to press for this. In the words of David Davis, one of the most vocal campaigners for Leave, "if a democracy cannot change its mind, it ceases to be a democracy".

49 comments

Sarah Wollaston has almost excelled herself by regurgitating hackneyed misinformation to try to persuade us that undermining a democratic vote is justifiable, pure Project Fear. She attempts to mislead us for her own ends, check her examples and you`ll soon she is exaggerating eg. Nissan making a model in the East because of Brexit, rather than EU directives against diesel engines make it foolish to make a car here that won`t sell well here, whereas it would in Japan. She plumbs new depths by misrepresenting a colleague, David Davis, when he said ‘if a democracy cannot change its mind, it ceases to be a democracy’. Yes, he did, in 2012 when suggesting a new referendum would be valid after 40 years from the previous referendum. The Referendum in the 70s had been implemented, we had experience of the result. When we implement the 2016 Referendum and time has passed, we, if we wish, could have another. This behaviour is unworthy of a Parliamentary Representative for Totnes. Whilst on the point of democracy in relation to her beloved EU consider it`s action in regard to Referendums: Denmark Maastricht Treaty Referendum 1992- NO 51% Yes 49% = VOTE AGAIN. Eire Nice Treaty Referendum 2001 – NO 54% Yes 46% = VOTE AGAIN. France EU Constitution 2005 – NO 55% Yes 45% = IGNORE. Dutch EU Constitution2005 - NO 62% Yes 38% = IGNORE. Eire Lisbon Treaty 2005 - No 53% Yes 47% =VOTE AGAIN. Greece Bailout Referendum 2015 - NO 61% Yes 39% = IGNORE. Dutch EU Ukraine Deal Referendum 2016 - NO 61% Yes 39% = IGNORE. Let`s hope we`re never added to this contemptable list. When Sarah asks `What Happens Next`, I suggest if she has her way, what Helmut Kohl German Chancellor and architect of the EU said ` we decided to renounce the framework of the old style nation state. We agreed that the establishment of a common currency is crucial to the process of European political union becoming irreversible`. Yes IRREVERSIBLE !
- John

Einstein said of the Nazi era "The lack of courage on the part of the educated class has been catastrophic". Sarah has courage and judgement, we should be grateful. She is one of the few. Edmund Burke, arguably the greatest philosopher of conservatism, wrote more than 200 years ago: “It is with infinite caution that any man ought to venture upon pulling down an edifice which has answered in any tolerable degree for ages the common purposes of society, or on building it up again without having models and patterns of approved utility before his eyes.” Our society is fractured. Sarah is absolutely correct, MP's need to cobble together an agreement they can live with, seek an extension to Art 50, and put that deal against remain to the people in Ref 2. It's not rocket science.
- Richard

Richard. Yes our society is fractured because people engaged in a vote but do not respect the principle of 'loser's consent'. Instead of pulling together they whinge and whine like spoilt children.
- John

Richard's sycophantic worship of Burke is embarrassing naïve, as is his support for Sarah Wollaston (our would-be Burke?). He is fond of quoting Burke selectively, so let's have some balance by reflecting on facts and his other thoughts. Burke was possibly the worst constituency representative to have ventured into Westminster. No mean feat. He paid his constituents so little regard that even he himself did not dare stand for re-election in Bristol (much preferring the 'rotten borough' of Malton). The man considered an election candidate to be “a bidder at an auction of popularity”...such democratic accountability was much beneath him. The man was a patrician and an utter snob. The Roman Republic would have been too modern for him. Witness “as ability is a vigorous and active principle, and as property is sluggish, inert, and timid, it can never be safe from the invasions of ability, unless it be, out of all proportion, predominant in the representation. It must be represented too in great masses of accumulation, or it is not rightly protected...the power of perpetuating our property in our families is one of the most valuable...circumstances belonging to it…some decent regulated pre-eminence, some preference.. given to birth, is neither unnatural, nor unjust, nor impolitic”. Really? That our model for the distribution of wealth and power in society?! Keep the property in the hands of the aristocrats and out of the hands of capable people. Good luck selling that under universal suffrage(!). Burke never fails..."we have never dreamt that parliaments had any right whatever to violate property". An argument against any form of taxation ever. A tad right-wing even for me, and I'm a Tory. He was an all-rounder, supporting the physical punishment of black slaves. He believed that black slaves should have to buy their freedom, but never came up with an answer for how they were to get the money. Even then he stated that blacks were not civilised creatures and should not attain their freedom until such time as they had secured that desirable status. He believed that poverty was the result of “Divine Displeasure”, not misfortune. Laws of commerce could not be changed because they were “the laws of nature” and therefore the “laws of God”. More Islamic theocracy than One Nation I'd have said. Of course to complete the basket of sins, he was also an anti-Semite. He ranted in the relation to the French Revolution..."Jew brokers contending with each other who could best remedy with fraudulent circulation and depreciated paper the wretchedness and ruin brought on their country by their degenerate councils…". Even after the Revolution, which he deplored but for no decent reason he states "the next generation of the nobility will resemble the artificers and clowns, the money-jobbers, usurers and Jews who will always be their fellows and sometimes their masters." Burke was wrong on slavery. Wrong on anti-Semitism. Wrong on representative democracy. He'd be wrong on the EU and anything else he ventured an opinion on. Citing him as a guru for Parliament's attempts to keep us in the EU against the will of the people is dim beyond conception. He was anti-democratic, reactionary, contemptuous of the people and a racist bigot. Actually, he's the perfect poster boy for the European Union...just not in the way that you think Richard.
- George, Paignton

George. Thanks for your wisdom. My mother used to say, "empty vessels make the most noise". She taught me to respect the quality and brevity of the word. The Brexiteers truly deserve their special place in Hell. The EU have now started to comment on the quality of UK leadership:-- Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s point man on the Brexit negotiations tweeted of the hardline Brexiters: “Well, I doubt Lucifer would welcome them, as after what they did to Britain, they would even manage to divide hell " Senior EU officials also doubted the sincerity of Labour’s offer to the prime minister, fearing it is an attempt to weaken May’s hopes of getting a deal through parliament. One official said: “It is a shame that we have this perfect storm: a lousy government and an even lousier official opposition.” Sarah is absolutely right. We are at a point in our history where principles and judgement really matter. We are not getting either from the leaders of our 2 main parties
- Richard

I get the impression from what I read in newspaper articles that Theresa May is trying to prepare the ground for staying in an EU customs union. This would be totally unacceptable and is NOT in keeping with the referendum result. If pushed through Parliament it will decimate the Conservative party at the next election and result in a total collapse in any faith that remains in our democracy - and there is precious little of that left already.
- David H

Everybody would be wise compared to you Richard. Why don't you come back when you've got some sort of education? Verhofstadt and the other Brit haters are about your level.
- George, Paignton

Sadly so David H. worth watching this to see how our MP and Parliament treats us with contempt : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6pwZ1saqBc
- John

Thank you Sarah for taking a principled stand on this issue: you have my full support if only from Liverpool! Wishing you and yours well.
- Tom

I am sorry to see the quality of intellectual comment from the Georges of this world so reduced by my fellow George from Paignton. "Brit Haters"? The only hate around here comes from the extreme Brexiteers, who are so committed to damaging our country regardless of the consequences - which have been laid out repeatedly by many respected and respectable think tanks and international analysts. The head in the sand refusal to accept the facts, by the cheap use of the phrase "Project Fear", when the real "Project Fear" is being perpetrated by Theresa May, is risible. I salute Sarah Wollaston for her principled, intelligent and courageous stand. Well done Sarah, it is great to be represented by an MP with guts and integrity. As for the argument that "we must deliver what the people voted for", every serious opinion poll for some considerable time has been showing a majority of UK citizens now support Remain. Why don't those who oppose Theresa May's 'deal to do a deal' because they hate the backstop agree on a People's Vote? That's where the 'Fear' is - because you know that without Russian money behind your campaign, and with the false forecasts of the original campaign now fully exposed, you would lose. Hate and Fear are Brexiteer qualities.
- George Two

With respect George Two - deluded woffle.
- John

Yet again remainer MPs are trying to undermine the UK negotiating position by plotting another attempt at blocking a no deal brexit. Can't these people, including I am sorry to say our own MP understand that the only thing that will get the EU to alter or better still get rid of the backstop is the threat of no deal? Oh, but of course I am missing the real point here. Their real intent is to thwart the electorates wishes and block Brexit at every opportunity, regardless of the mid and longer term interests of the country. Come the next election it will be pay back time for many MPs that are ignoring the expressed political will of the British people.
- David H

David H Completely agree. No deal is a bargaining tool and not voting for Sarah Wollaston at any future election is my intention and the intention of a great many people I know.
- Candy Totnes

Dear Sarah...I agree with almost everything you say about brexit...the last thing we need now is an economic crash when every public service we all rely on is in crisis. We need massive reinvestment in health, education, police and all the local government sevices. It would be lovely if we could invest in more council-type housing so that our young people might have more hope for their futures. None of this is possible with a crashed economy. Brexit has already done enough damage, look at the value of the pound now. If a people's vote can be used to stop the largest collective act of lunacy ever seen when 17.5 million people voted for brexit, then we have an obligation to support it....Rory O'Connor...retired dairy farmer and grand-parent who doesnt want to spoil my grand children's opportunities and chances in life.
- Rory O'Connor

So it seems that de-selection has moved a step closer for our former Tory MP, who I did once support. My understanding is that a vote against her at the AGM in the next fortnight. I am sure that all of Sarah's wellwishers on here will make her feel better. But none of them are Tory you see? And well...she is rather supposed to be adhering to a Tory manifesto. Bye bye Sarah. I'd suggest Sarah resigns before the inevitable and allows Totnes to vote (oh the irony!). That way it might look like she's got an ounce of credibility, rather than having her own local party eject her incompetent and disloyal miserable face.
- George, Paignton

So Sarah has jumped before being pushed ! Do the right thing and call a by election as we didn`t know what we were voting for when we elected you.
- John

Dear Dr. Wollaston Thank you for standing up for what is correct, decent and fundamentally democratic. Your resigning of the party whip shows that you care about the people and future of this constituency and country. I wish you well in the weeks and months ahead and hope that there are more MPs like you who are prepared to do the right thing. Yours sincerely, with gratitude. Zoe
- Zoe

Dear Dr Wollaston Please can you let the people of Totnes know when we can expect you to stand down as an MP and allow us the choice (via a By-Election) as to whether or not we still can support you as an Independent MP for our constituency?
- Sharon Carrino

Well Sarah Wollaston you really do take the biscuit! After almost two years of undermining the Prime Minister and our negotiating team you have now decided to betray your political party and your consituents by joining Labour's breakaway party. In your resignation statement you try to claim the high moral ground, but it is clearly a case of 'jumping ship' before you were deselected. I have spent hours over the last two years pleading for you to support the Government at a time of national importance only to be ignored and betrayed at every turn. I cannot put into words how utterly disappointed and completely betrayed I feel. Politics in this country is now at an all time low, due in no small measure to the way MPs like you have behaved. I will not be voting for you in any election, that is for sure.
- David H

Thankyou for being one of the few politicians to finally take a sensible moderate stand, and meaning that if (as seens entirely plausible) we have a general election next week I will have someone to vote for, rather than needing to spoil my ballot paper again to avoid having to vote for two extreme wings. I rarely write any comments on blogs like this, but you have taken a very brave and courageous decision, and I want you to know that there are equally moderate people here and around the country who wish you all the best, and wish that there were another 600 MPs like you in Westminster!
- Paul, Brixham

Well said, Paul. Thank you Sarah for your principled and courageous decision to leave the Tory party. If you stand as an independent here, I will vote for you.
- Tim, South Milton

Am glad the inevitable has happened. As I have stated on here before, Wollaston, Soubry and Allen stopped being Tories some time ago. One look at Wollaston's twitter feed tells you that she hasn't agreed with a Tory policy on any subject for quite some time. I would say to the disenfranchised people of Totnes...be of good cheer! This is only a good thing. Her voting record will not change as a result of today. It is just that the party and the local people will be free of her. And without the unpleasantness of having to deselect (which was surely coming). It is ironic that they got elected on a manifesto that was clear about leaving the EU. These must be the first group of MPs to leave a party because it WON'T renege on manifesto commitments. And that MPs whose substantial disagreement with the government is that they want a "People's Vote" on the decision already reached to leave the EU...and yet when they have changed party they refuse to consent to a by-election. What happened to "informed consent"?! This arrant hypocrisy will undermine what precious little credibility they have. That's a good thing. And be clear...if they thought they could win a by-election, they'd relish holding it. they care nothing for "democracy"...that's why they love the EU! For all the people queuing up to congratulate her. Fanatical pro-Europeans without a democratic bone in their body. What is to be the difference between the new party and the Lib Dems? And why then would we expect these people to have any more popularity than the Lib Dems? So forgive me if I am not devastated at the threat these three pose to my political vision. I won't post on here again. There is nothing left to say about Wollaston. The only word from her I would be interested in would be "by-election". And when it happens, I'll be there to campaign against any attempt for her to remain as an MP. She is done, and will soon be out of Parliament for good. It's been an excellent day.
- George, Paignton

Thank you for helping rejuvinate the trust in our Politicians , showing that we can be Pragmatic , that we can change our minds when new evidence comes to light and for going up against dogma and demonstrating leadership when we have none . I fully support the move and look forward to voting for you when the chance comes .
- G David

Have commented before about your lack of faith in your constituents but your judgement to jump ship reminds me of the time you believed in Brexit then changed your mind when you maybe thought it was not in your favour. Now you are looking to a new party to justify your decision. Would never go to you for a second opinion, Farage's party will sink you and your cohorts.
- Jane

Thank you for doing the decent thing. Stay true to your conscience and keep smiling.
- Stan, Brixham

So Sarah has jumped rather than being pushed. True to her 'beliefs' this way she keeps her salary, expenses and perks. Truthfully, I cannot decide wether she is deliberately spewing disinformation or is basically ignorent of the facts. Is she out on a limb for her beliefs or is she supported by the likes of Blair and Soros ? She could prove her 'honesty' by having a by election, that way we could tell and the people of Totnes could have a Peoples Vote !
- John

Oh dear, careful what you wish for Kippers.(No point in calling you Tories anymore.) Again the reaction is to prioritize the party rather than the national interest. Whatever way people voted, few envisaged the situation we find ourselves in, much less clowns like Rees-Mogg holding the political balance of power. I suspect you will find very broad support for Sarah Wollaston right across the constituency and some hapless candidate parachuted in from central office being defeated.
- Paul

Dear Sarah...many of the comments above fall into the category of “don’t confuse me with the facts”, they prefer to cling to ideology rather than evaluate and consider the options, as you have. Incapable of real thought, they cling to the sinking ship. Thank you for the work you have done, please accept my best wishes for your future....Rory O'Connor
- Rory O'Connor

Well said Sarah. As an expat living in France we are so uncertain of our future status. Just over a month to go and nobody knows what is happening. Revoke article 50 rather than a no deal situation. This whole business is getting more out of control by the day.
- Jayne Taplin

Thank you Sarah for standing up for what is right, and representing the best interests of your constituents - despite the protestations of the rabid Brextremists. I have only just moved into the area from Swindon, where the Honda exit will devastate a town which is already struggling, with a dying town centre. I am also working on several projects to improve our house, and am finding almost all of the trades I need are available immediately because work has dried up for them. They are seeing the true cost of Brexit already - lack of confidence, people battening down the hatches to try and stay 'safe', rising prices because of how weak the pound has become. Almost everywhere I speak with people about Brexit, I'm finding people who have changed their minds since the 2016 lies have been exposed for what they are. Above all, the young, the people who didn't get a chance to vote for their futures, will almost exclusively vote for remain if we can get the second referendum that is so desperately needed.
- Neil

Thank you for doing the right thing, you Three who have resigned give me hope ,!
- Anne

You’ve been a disgrace to your party and your voters, ever since you changed your mind from wanting to leave to wanting to remain, and weakening Theresa’s position from the start of the negotiations along with Soubry and others. Maybe we didn’t know the full effects of leaving the EU either good or bad, but the people voted for it, MP’s from all parties should respect that, as a matter of democracy. I voted for you as my Conservative representative, you are not that anymore, do the decent and honest thing , call a by-election and stand as whatever you now see yourself, I truly wish WE could have the opportunity to let you see how dissatisfied the constituents are.. Nice to see you laughing and smiling with Soubry on the National news, how CRASS, you have done the good people of this great country, irreparable damage. Peter M
- Petermulloy

In the 2017 election I put my cross against: 'Wollaston. Sarah, The Conservative Party'. She has now stolen my vote, my representative is no more; what say you Sarah ?
- John

As you were voted in as the Conservative candidate, do you believe you should be collecting a salary expenses as you are not fulfilling the job for which we elected you? Surely the honest and democratic thing to do would be to resign completely, call a by-election, not really honest to take money under false pretences is it? I’m sure no one voted for you to vote with Corbyn or sit on his side of the house
- Petermulloy

Petermulloy (and others wanting a By-Election) You voted for Sarah, you won. Get Over It. Second Votes are - according to the Brextremists - undemocratic. I want a second vote on Europe so that people can vote based on truth not lies, but your ilk don't want that because you are now obviously in the minority.
- Neil

So, all the critics expect Sarah to be un-thinking Lobby-fodder for a PM who is being held to ransom by the ERG and DUP. Great idea!! I take the point about defection from the party under whose banner she was elected - BUT do we really want our MPs to blindly follow "The Party" irrespective of the evidence in front of them? The reality is no-one really knows what a no-deal Brexit will entail, but we do know that everyone (ERG included) agree that it will be bad news to some extent. However, the ERG have a "price worth paying" mentality - try telling that to my family who work in areas dependent on free flow of materials and goods across the channel every day. They are the ones who will pay the price, not the ERG and their fellow-thinkers.
- John2

I wasn't sure why she was nicknamed Slippery Sarah until I discovered that she supported a Bill to make MPs, that left their party, should have to fight a By-Election. What hypocrisy !
- John

For those who doubt John’s comment above, the bill in question was put forward by Chis Skidmore in 2011 and sponsored/supported by Dr Sarah Wollaston – google it, it is clear and unambiguous – an MP “who crosses the floor, or ‘defects’, should trigger an automatic by-election so their constituents can have a final say on their decision”. This goes to the heart of why our politics are broken – MPs are acting in their own interests and ignoring the wishes of the majority. Maybe democracy was always a sham and this has made it clear to all. I understand that a significant number on here and in the wider country wish to Remain and for some it seems it doesn’t matter what the cost is and how it is achieved – maybe setting a very dangerous precedent. The ‘Politics of Fear’ has gone into overdrive over the last couple of years; people who disagree are ‘stupid’, ‘old’, ‘right wing’, ‘fascist’ or even worse. The original ‘Leave’ majority are being bullied into submission and won’t even be offered a real choice to leave if/when there is a ‘People Vote’. I really do worry, not for now, but for the future as we are forced to follow the path of ever closer EU union – politically, financially, monetary, legally and military – as this must happen for the EU dream to survive and we are unlikely to get another say in our lifetimes. Previous examples of this sort of power base in history are not looked back in good light – e.g. the breakup of the USSR, more recently the former Yugoslavia etc. or even further back there are many examples of uprisings against empires – some very close to home!!
- Patrick, Brixham

Patrick. 'MPs are acting in their own interests and ignoring the wishes of the majority'. Yes but why ? Certainly some hope to make a buck or two by keeping the status quo ! By far the majority are those who actually start to believe they are superior beings and know better than the rest of us, justifying dispensing with democracy. That of course is nonsense, if true they would mostly all agree, which they don't. They work in a convenient little club with pay and conditions others can only dream of. Both Left and Right feel more akin than with mere mortals. I have known many MPs who would not 'cut it' inthe real world, some who are quite able. Those who are the most contemptible are like 'our Sarah' who feel so superior that they can do complete about turns without having to test their views with their constituents !
- John

ps. now that she has left the Conservative party and joined a company, who is Sarah W answerable to ? Cannot be the electorate, she has disenfranchised them, yet we still pay her wages !
- John

Thank you to those MPs who reject tribalism and extremes both of which so often seem to bring out the worst in society and politics
- Tim

I voted for the candidate not the party so I do hope that Sarah continues to be my MP.
- Pat

I see that a pro Israel lobbyist claims he is funding Sarah's new group; what is going on when a foreign power is trying to influence our Parliament ?
- John

I am used to the cliches, the idiocies, the falsehoods, the unfounded assertions and the dishonesty that fill all the diatribes of the Remainers, so when Dr Wallaston makes her pitch to justify her action one is not at all surprised. I might ask her for a medical opinion but her understanding and knowledge of economics, politics, democracy and the EU is so limited, so crass, so, dare I say it, populist, that one could not trust her with any decision. If things were left to her, we would never get a say on anything major - we are all (in her view and those of her fellow travellers) too stupid, too uneducated, too ignorant to understand the big issues which only she and her ilk understand. It would be laughable if it were not so disastrous for this country. Test your opinions, Dr Wallaston, resign your seat, and stand as a brave new independent committed to EU membership no matter what. Or just be laughed at.
- Jos

I don't think MPs living in the bubble of Westminster have the faintest idea how much their ongoing betrayal of our country and the electorate is going down in this country. If Brexit is not delivered, with or without Theresa May's rotten deal there will be serious trouble in this country and I personally will cannot see myself voting for ANY of the mainstream political parties again in a national election. As for those advocating a second referendum I would say the first one must be honoured or such a thing is totally WORTHLESS!
- David H

Leaving aside Dr Wollaston's disingenuous and misleading comments on Nissan/UK, I just emailed her again, thus: Dear Dr Wollaston, I note your contribution to Parlieamentary debate: Exiting the European Union (11 Mar 2019) https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2019-03-11a.127.0&s=speaker:24761#g149.5 Sarah Wollaston: Even if this monumental fudge is enough to satisfy the ERG and just about manages to scrape through the House tomorrow, what happens next if it is not ratified by the European Parliament? I must point out that our PM does not merely have to "satisfy the ERG" but meet her obligations to the 17.4 million people who voted to leave the EU - the figure in England, with 85% of the UK population, was of course 53% Leave, and in your constituency the figure was 56%... The Brussels WA, drawn up in and by Brussels then handed to May to be rubber stamped by (they imagined) a supine Parliament, is truly shameful and could not be acceded to by any country with a vestige of national pride or a sense of its best interests. Your view differs, of course. One wonders why you have not resigned, and why a byelection is not yet due in Totnes.
- Anthony Harrison

I agree Anthony. Why does Sarah wollaston not resign? She is no longer a Conservative MP so I dont understand. If you resign from a company, you don't get to continue to draw a salary from it! Won't vote for her again. She has cast aside democracy in favour of her personal virws. That is disgraceful.
- Jane devon

Not going too well for Sarah and her cohorts, I'm glad to say. I conclude that she's in a rarified atmosphere and 'doesn't know that she doesn't know !
- John

Sarah is right to make a stand Remember she really does care - as she has shown for working for us all - and is not in Parliament for personal gain / which is more than can be said for others. I like, a lot of people, are so very grateful for her hard work often quietly, caring and very much behind the scenes! I am so glad she looks after us and my area. Brexit is so much of a shambles with so many views and opinions and ideas - With no clear view of which is the best result for the UK. We will not know what is right way forward for many many years! Who can say Sarah is wrong? We don’t! We need to move in a way that causes least damage to UK Crashing out on WTO is not the way.
- Richard H

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