MY VOTE IN THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT WAS “NOT A VOTE AGAINST BREXIT”
The following news release was sent to media today Sunday 8 October 2017
Richard Ashworth Conservative MEP for South East England responding to press coverage in the Sunday media, has made it clear that the vote in the European Parliament was not associated to infighting in Westminster, and is not in any way an act of disloyalty to the Prime Minister Theresa May; and has expressed his continued support to the Prime Minister.
He went onto say that his vote was not a vote against Brexit, nor was he seeking to delay or hinder trade negotiations.
Richard Ashworth MEP said:
“From the outset I must insist this was NOT a vote against Brexit. The British people voted to leave the European Union, and their wish must be respected. Secondly, it was NOT a vote to derail or obstruct trade negotiations.”
“Article 50 determines there be two stages to the negotiations. Next week the 27 European Prime ministers (the Council) will decide if enough progress has been made in phase one in order for them to authorise negotiations to move onto phase two. The European parliament resolution was to instruct the council whether or not sufficient progress had been made between the two parties.”
“Time is limited and we urgently need to move on to the trade negotiations. However, it is my view that we have not yet made sufficient progress on phase one; and it is my judgement that moving to phase two before adequately completing phase one would ultimately lengthen the negotiation, not shorten it, and would diminish our chances of a successful outcome to our trade negotiations.”
“A sound agreement needs to be made on sound foundations, we have made progress but we are not there yet.”