Parliamentarians should not seek to delay Brexit process
It’s a shame that some people still refuse to accept the referendum result, and are suggesting that the Article 50 process could be reversed
Unelected peers such as Lord Kerr should recognise that the public voted clearly and decisively to take back control of our laws, borders, money and trade. Indeed, a YouGov survey held after the election revealed that 70% of the public want Brexit to be enacted, including 26% who voted Remain (YouGov, June 2017, link).
It is therefore welcome that the Government intends to amend the EU Withdrawal Bill to cement the date of Brexit as 29 March 2019. Any attempts to delay the UK’s departure date until after this would be a clear indication that some MPs wish to ignore the votes of 17.4 million people.
Brown must face facts: the public voted to leave the EU
It is disappointing that Gordon Brown has suggested that Jeremy Corbyn should consider a second referendum (Telegraph, November 2017, link).
However, it should be remembered that Gordon Brown and Tony Blair handed over more money and more powers to Brussels, therefore it is no surprise that he wants to overrule the referendum result.
Furthermore, it is utterly dishonest to pretend that Brussels would be willing to offer a ‘game changer’ on immigration in order to persuade the UK to stay in the EU. The EU has made it clear both during the Cameron renegotiation and since the referendum that there can be no change to Freedom of Movement. It has been made clear that the only way to take back control of our borders is to leave the EU’s single market.
EU business groups should call on their own governments to move talks forward to trade
It is all well and good EU businesses demanding that Theresa May secures a transitional deal at next month’s EU summit, but they must realise that there are two sides to these negotiations (Guardian, November 2017, link).
The UK has been clear in its negotiating position, and has offered generous concessions. Indeed, there are reports that Theresa May is willing to increase the money it will pay to the EU as part of the ‘Brexit Bill’ (Sun, November 2017, link).
Brussels should recognise these efforts, and move talks forward to trade at the earliest possible opportunity. Indeed, as EU business groups make clear, it is evidently in both parties’ interests to do so, therefore they should put pressure on their own politicians to ensure this happens.