Sunday, December 04, 2016

My personal Brexit wish list.

Hard to make much sense of some of the reporting about the UK leaving the EU. Most of it seems to be a mixture of untruths and make believe. I suppose there's so much media space to be filled, they have to write something. Anyway, just thought I'd add my personal perspective - what I want to see the eventual exit deal deliver.
Now I've no real idea what constitutes a Hard Brexit, a Soft Brexit or a Grey Brexit. No idea where on this spectrum (if it is a spectrum) I stand. Perhaps the reason I'm writing this quick blog post is that it will enable others to tell me where I stand !! Mostly, I think the media coverage is gibberish.
But should begin by setting out the fundamental position. The UK will be leaving the EU, and I would anticipate all involved in this divorce will want as amicable a settlement as possible in the interests of all parties. There are many who voted Remain still doing what they can to frustrate the voice of the people, as expressed in the referendum - while pretending they are not. Luckily we have a Prime Minister made of stern stuff, who is not going to be bullied and browbeaten by these anti-democrats.
Now to the detail of where negotiation may lead. And it's all guesswork of course. Until Article 50 is invoked in late March, we will know little to nothing about any negotiations. But we do have opinions as individuals, which informed how we voted on June 23rd. And I'm sharing mine.
There seem to be four main concerns that influenced our decisions about which way to vote. Only two of them really mattered to me, with one of those being 'the reason' I would always have voted Leave - leaving the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. Without this, Britain is not really an independent country at all. Judges might sometimes make us cross, but I can live with that if they are British judges. Dealing with this unacceptable position (to me anyway) seems to feature in everything I hear and read about the Govt's position. Good. Everything else I am more relaxed about. But I am also enthusiastic about the UK being able to trade with any other country or region in the world. I can see that this is a complex and contentious area for debate. But it is important if the UK is to be a genuinely 'independent' state. And it makes good economic sense anyway.
The other two policy areas much discussed and that personally, I am not so fussed about - are immigration and financial contributions to the EU Budget - though I do accept these were probably the two reasons which Leave voters were most exercised about on June 23rd. On both areas, I thought our Foreign Secretary reflected my opinions on Marr this morning. Immigration is important to the UK, but it's currently at too high a level to be sustainable over the long term. The UK Govt should have control over this. But we must not become anti immigration and insular. And there's no reason why the UK should not continue to pay into the EU for something that is important to the UK, on the basis of value for money - a deal not a membership fee.
Not sure whether any of this would be controversial if Liam Fox, David Davis or our Foreign Secretary were to say it. It's not if I say it and it's just what I, a back bench Tory MP thinks. It's what I thought when I voted Leave. But I've no idea what sort of Brexit it is.


Bril said...

It's kind of orangey/purple with a hint of blue, Glyn. No idea either, and it's mainly the press that allocates these shorthand tags anyway. Your have convinced me about the Sovereignty issue; on trade and commerce, we must do whatever it takes to retain access to the markets of Europe. To do otherwise would set our nation back decades. I must take issue on one thing. Moaning about the referendum result is only as anti-democratic as moaning about the outcome of a general election. And in the latter case, one only had to wait five years before the chance to reverse a democratic decision was once again afforded. Her Majesty's Opposition have a duty to challenge, hold to account and yes, moan about the result. The same is true of those on the 'losing' side in the referendum, and I wonder why the 'winners' don't accept that.

Joniesta said...

"we must do whatever it takes to retain access to the markets of Europe. To do otherwise would set our nation back decades." you are absolutely correct but what exactly do you think we will have. The access to the single market will never be the same, will cost us a hell of a lot more, will do nothing to limit immigration (for those who want that to happen). No amount of champagne and German cars will sway the Europeans. They have something else in mind apart from their economy their principles, something that this country has decided to sell for the sake of some dubious little Englanders. Your words will sadly be realised and Glyn will no doubt blame the remoaners for talking us into a catastrophe.

Mark Coughlin said...

You are an MP but don't seem to like democracy. The will of the people is not making 40+ million people do something just because 17.4 million voted to leave the EU in a non binding referendum.

As someone who believes in the concept behind the EU it is my democratic right to campaign to remain in the EU. What you seem to want is a dictatorship where everyone must do what the Tories want.

You represent an area that will contain a large percentage of remain voters, if you feel incapable of representing them, maybe you should resign and stand again as an independent on a pure Brexit ticket?