Labour, Argyll and Bute
I believe we should be pursuing as soft a Brexit as possible. The fact is that we are so integrated with the EU that any disengagement is already going to take years to implement, and we need to exercise the utmost care to avoid doing damage to the economy and causing massive dislocation in our society.
Furthermore, we should maintain our membership in the various EU associated organisations such as the European Medicines Agency and Europol. These organisations allow for co-operation on important issues such as medical standards and counter-terrorism. The referendum was on membership of the EU itself, not whether our police should share information with other governments.
I am against an indyref2. We have already had a referendum and I see nothing to suggest that anything has changed. We need an end to the uncertainty. How can we plan our futures if we have to keep a constant watch over our shoulders for what might happen?
What we need is a constitutional convention to establish a proper devolved system for the United Kingdom. Brexit means that a host of powers are going to be returned to the UK, and the Labour Party will introduce a ‘presumption of devolution’, where former EU powers would be automatically devolved to the regional level.
As an MP, the most tangible benefit I could bring to Argyll and Bute in my first year would be an end to austerity. As a society we need these services, but the Conservative government is unwilling to put the money in.