Par­lia­ment and vot­ers need to be united

Derby Telegraph - - LETTERS -

I AM con­fused by the logic of a let­ter I re­cently read, “Our MP needs to step up on Brexit”. The writer is clearly not im­pressed by the agree­ment ne­go­ti­ated by Theresa May (which is un­der­stand­able) but crit­i­cises it par­tic­u­larly in terms of trade.

This is con­fus­ing since the “May deal” is only a le­gally bind­ing agree­ment for the pe­riod of tran­si­tion (which may or may not only last for two years). It does not le­gally bind ei­ther the UK or the EU to any­thing spe­cific be­yond that, in trade or

other ar­eas (apart from the Ir­ish bor­der), in­stead only out­lin­ing pos­si­ble paths for dis­cus­sion in the years to come. Much will have to be ham­mered out by ne­go­ti­a­tions be­gin­ning after March 29.

It is also con­fus­ing that the au­thor be­lieves a vote for a “clean Brexit” (the hard­est of hard Brex­its) would “re­store our trust in democ­racy”.

The area in which I live voted only nar­rowly to leave the EU (51.6% to 48.4%). Is it not more log­i­cal to think only the “soft­est” type of Brexit is the “will of the peo­ple” of Der­byshire Dales (in June 2016) – and there­fore the pol­icy our MP should sup­port?

Since this is not avail­able I trust Sir Patrick McLough­lin will lis­ten care­fully to the views of his con­stituents and seek a way for­ward that has the sup­port of both Par­lia­ment and the elec­torate.

Peter Dobbs, Ash­bourne

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