We are now left with impossible choices. I still believe we should honour referendums, the 2014 Scottish Separation referendum and the 2016 UK BREXIT referendum. Therefore, I have supported the PM's deal painstakingly negotiated with the EU. It is a hybrid free trade deal that gave certainty to business and addressed rights for citizens EU and UK alike.
Today’s amendments will include the Malthouse proposal put forward by my good friend Minister Kit Malthouse. Formally the Deputy Mayor of London he has brought together the remain and leave wings of the Conservative party.
It proposes we would legally stand still then completely leave the EU in 2021. During the transition the U.K. would attempt to negotiate a free trade deal. This would give business space to prepare and importantly we could sort bilateral agreements as we have successfully done in the last 6 months.
However, the EU has to date ruled this out.
We are locked into the EU refusing to budge whilst they recognise that it is better the U.K. leaves with a deal. They believe the U.K. does not have the stomach to leave and will reverse the decision with another referendum. Meanwhile parliament cannot agree a position a majority can support.
“No Deal” has become an oxymoron because preparations are being made. I have questioned the Chancellor why preparations were not made to transfer to WTO rules starting back in 2016 because it was the ONE certainty we could deliver.
Visiting business’s and speaking to voters they reasonably expect politicians to fix the impasse. Most of all they tell me Govt should get on with it and give certainty.
Perversely leaving on March 29th is certainty.
Meanwhile we have the highest employment in history, rising wages, the strongest performing EU economy, the best country to establish a business and the world leading international financial sector. This is despite the so-called shadow of BREXIT.
I entered politics to represent Gordon, Scotland and the U.K. I intend to use over 25 years of business experience to make political judgements.
There are no easy decisions in politics.