Parliament and voters need to be united
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