MP speaks out against EU exit

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MP David Rut­ley has re­vealed he will vote to re­main in the Euro­pean Union.

The Macclesfield MP would not state his po­si­tion on leav­ing the EU when the Ex­press con­tacted him pre­vi­ously, say­ing he needed to re­view the mat­ter first. But now he’s said he will vote to re­main in the EU at the ref­er­en­dum on June 23.

Mr Rut­ley said: “This has been one of the most dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions I have made since be­com­ing a MP.

“I recog­nise that the EU is far from per­fect. The Prime Min­is­ter has worked hard to ne­go­ti­ate a new deal with the EU and I re­spect him for do­ing that. I also be­lieve that EU in­sti­tu­tions and other EU mem­ber states have missed an op­por­tu­nity to not only put a bet­ter of­fer on the ta­ble for the UK, but also to use the ne­go­ti­a­tion as a chance to tackle real chal­lenges that the EU it­self faces, such as the pres­sures of in­creased mi­gra­tion. That said, the EU is now ac­tively work­ing to de­velop plans to re­form mi­gra­tion pol­icy out­side of the Brexit de­bate.”

Mr Rut­ley’s Con­ser­va­tive party is split on the mat­ter but he joins MPs who are back­ing David Cameron’s bid to stay in the EU.

He said: “There are le­git­i­mate ar­gu­ments on both sides of the de­bate. How­ever, for me, the eco­nomic ar­gu­ments for con­tin­u­ing to be part of the EU have been the main fac­tor in mak­ing my de­ci­sion.

“Prior to be­com­ing an MP, I worked for 20 years as a se­nior ex­ec­u­tive with com­pa­nies such as Pep- siCo, Asda Wal-Mart and Bar­clays and learned how im­por­tant ac­cess to the EU Sin­gle Mar­ket is for the UK’s econ­omy.

“If there were a vote to leave, other op­tions to se­cure ac­cess to this mar­ket would, in time, no doubt be ne­go­ti­ated, but this would not be granted freely and we do not know what the price would be for con­tin­ued ac­cess.”

Mean­while the first meet­ing of the Macclesfield branch of the na­tional Bri­tain Stronger IN Europe cam­paign has been held.

Stephen Broad­head, a spokesman for group, said: “It’s great to see peo­ple who are nor­mally non­par­ti­san and those who would nor­mally sup­port ri­val po­lit­i­cal par­ties united in a com­mon cause.

“While those who favour of re­main­ing in the EU are en­cour­aged to regis­ter their sup­port via the na­tional web­site com­mu­nity meet­ings pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal sup­port­ers to get to­gether and work out how best to in­flu­ence lo­cal opin­ion.

“There are plenty of ways in which those who are not ex­pe­ri­enced cam­paign­ers can still help make a dif­fer­ence.”

The next meet­ing is at 7.30pm on Tues­day, March 15 at the Silk Trader pub on Brook Street.

●● Macclesfield MP David Rut­ley thinks Bri­tain should re­main in the Euro­pean Union

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