MP’s ‘blind hope’ for a good Brexit deal?

Rossendale Free Press - - News -

JAKE Berry briefly made the head­lines over the week­end when he an­nounced he’d been wrong to urge peo­ple to ‘re­main’ in the Brexit ref­er­en­dum in 2016.

He de­scribed him­self as a ‘re­luc­tant re­mainer’ – I sus­pect there are few ‘re­main­ers’ who’d de­scribed them­selves as any­thing else.

There can’t be too many peo­ple who woke up of a morn­ing and their first thought was ‘Hur­rah, we’re mem­bers of the won­der­ful Euro­pean Union, run out of Brus­sels.’

But it’s Mr Berry’s rea­son for his change of heart which is in­trigu­ing.

“Lan­cashire, which has al­ways had a global fac­ing econ­omy, is ben­e­fit­ing from the de­ci­sion to leave the Euro­pean Union.

“We are mak­ing great progress in our ne­go­ti­a­tions with the EU.

“I am con­vinced Theresa May will se­cure a good deal for trade with the EU and the wider world which will be good news for Lan­cashire com­pa­nies.”

Cue much praise from pro-Brexit col­leagues in the Tory Party, and, I sus­pect, from many of the 66 per cent of peo­ple in Rossendale who voted for Brexit.

But the prob­lem I see in Mr Berry’s con­ver­sion is that he isn’t shar­ing any ev­i­dence for his op­ti­mism. It ap­pears to be blind hope more than any­thing that Theresa May will get a good deal.

As things stand to­day, we don’t have a deal with the EU in place at all. And it doesn’t ap­pear the EU have ac­tu­ally con­ceded any points yet in the ne­go­ti­a­tions which have taken place.

Pro-Brexit, or an­tiBrexit, the lack of sup­port­ing ev­i­dence be­hind dec­la­ra­tion of con­tri­tion and new-found con­fi­dence, should con­cern us all. Maybe Mr Berry can shed some more light on his new­found hope.

●● Rossendale MP Jake Berry

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