MP rejects invite to take part in Brexit debate
CHELTENHAM’S Conservative MP Alex Chalk has turned down a Brexit debate invitation and urged his Labour rival to watch his appearance at the Cheltenham Literature Festival today.
Staunch pro-EU MP Andrew Adonis is due to speak at a Cheltenham for Europe political event at 2pm on Saturday in the town’s Queens Hotel.
He took to Twitter to suggest that while in Cheltenham he could engage in a debate with Mr Chalk about Brexit.
He added: “His constituents are very concerned to know whether he will support a people’s vote and if not, why not?”
Lord Adonis, a former Transport Secretary, went further – by encouraging people to email and tweet Mr Chalk if they wanted the pair to debate Brexit and the so-called ‘people’s vote’.
Now Mr Chalk has made it clear, through his party’s spokesman, that he will not be taking up the invitation.
The spokesman said: “It’s not clear if this last-minute tweet is a genuine invitation or an attempt to drum up interest in this event.
“Either way, Alex has commit- ments to his constituents at that time.
“He regularly discusses Brexit in Cheltenham and will be doing so alongside Danny Finkelstein and others on the stage at the Cheltenham Literature Festival. BBC Politics will be covering the event and we would urge Lord Adonis to tune in.
Meanwhile, Mr Chalk has made it clear that he is against a people’s vote on Brexit. He said talk of a vote weakened the hand of UK negotiators and the result of a second vote would not be accepted by the losing side.