27 SEP 2018

Salzburg rebuttal is no big deal

The Salzburg rebuttal of the PM's Brexit proposals last week certainly gave the media and politicos something to feed on, buoyed up by staged rhetoric at the Party conferences. For me, this was just one more step in a very tough process and I am not alone.

At the launch of the fabulous Hush Heath Wine Tasting Rooms in Marden last Thursday evening there were several notable business people and entrepreneurs who expressed their personal views to me. The common thread was, that whilst the EU is doing some serious posturing, we know that most divorces settle out of court, often at the 11th hour.

The following evening, at an open-forum constituency meeting in Laddingford, Salzburg was again the topic of discussion. A show of hands indicated that an equal number of leave and remain voters were present, but almost unanimously no-one wanted a second referendum, or a change of leadership, or a general election. They just wanted Brexit completed, and as smoothly as possible, and those feelings have also been reflected by 90% of people I speak with on the doorstep during my campaigning sessions in Maidstone & The Weald.

Looking at this situation objectively, we have two sides who both stand to lose a great deal if negotiations fail, and an equally large amount to gain if they succeed. There is certainly bi-lateral political motivation, but my hope is that the enormous 'Business' interests in-play between our economies will bring about an equitable conclusion and avoid a 'no-deal' cliff edge.

And so, with the words of my constituents ringing in my ears, I say unite behind the PM and let her get on with the job of securing the best Brexit deal she can; a deal that delivers on the will of the 2016 referendum but that also keeps our United Kingdom intact.

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