Brexit: ‘Loughborough was a very 50/50 area’
NICKY Morgan told the Echo of concerns she has received from residents about whether they are going to be able to stay in the UK after Brexit, and that it is important that the “best possible national deal is done.”
When asked about how Brexit is going to have an impact on the people of Loughborough she said: “I hope it won’t affect Loughborough in too negative a way.”
She said: “What I don’t want is businesses and organisations and parts of the public sector that rely on things relevant to the EU, to be adversely effected.”
She said that it is important that the NHS is flexible enough to have the workers that they need, and that the international staff, students, teachers and lecturers at Loughborough University feel safe so that they can continue to provide “excellent and world leading education.”
She said she thinks that the rights of EU citizens in Loughborough is equally important and said that she doesn’t want these people to be worried.
She said: “I’ve had a steady stream of people come into my surgeries who are really worried about their futures, and their children’s futures, and that is something I did not want to see.”
When asked about any conflict between herself and her constituents because of her strong Remain stance, she said she thinks that one of the major mistakes of the referendum was declaring the results on the basis of local authority areas.
She said: “Charnwood covers two constituencies, and a point really worth clarifying for Echo readers is that how Charnwood voted, and how Loughborough voted were different.”
She said that analysis has been done, and that it shows that Loughborough was a very 50/50 area.
She said: “I have been very clear that we have to respect the result. I respect the result because we’re a democracy.
“We are going to leave but I refuse to believe that we should accept to do it in an economically damaging way, because ultimately that’s going to undermine the economic security of my constituents and I think that will not be what a local MP should be doing.
“If I’m not standing up for the interests of the constituents in Westminster then what am I there for.”
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