Richard Ashworth MEP for South East England speaking to BBC Radio Kent underlined his support for a second vote to determine the UKs future relationship with the EU, in a new referendum which will allow the people to vote for Theresa May’s “Chequers Plan” or remaining in the EU.
“People now understand that we have to answer a clear question; the Customs Union are you in it or are you out of it, which has no tariffs, no customs, and life goes on as before. If you’re outside you become a “third country” I don’t care if you call it Norway or Canada there will be a hard border in Ireland and Dover. UK companies will be disadvantaged. The “pot of gold” that was promised to the British electorate of bilateral trade agreements post-Brexit just isn’t there.”
“The only possible approach now is to put the question back to the people asking them in clear terms “this is what you voted” are you sure you want this?”
“The decision by Sony, Hitachi and now Nissan UK to relocate from the UK, or halt future investments should act as an alarm bell to the Prime Minister that this could be the tip of the iceberg with other corporate boardrooms across the UK actively looking to protect their businesses post-Brexit with all options on the
table”, Richard Ashworth MEP for South-East England has warned.
“The Prime Minster and the Leave campaign did not obtain a mandate from the British people to proceed down the road of self-harm and make the UK materially poorer”.
The former leader of the UK Conservative delegation in the European Parliament, who is now an independent MEP sitting in the EPP block in the European Parliament fears that the UK going back to the “1970s when industrial strife, isolation and division were common place in Britain.”
“We have managed to undermine the very foundations of political stability, unfettered access to Single Market, that resulted in record levels of Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) pre the Brexit referendum, with figures now showing a fall by 19 percent since the Brexit vote in 2016, seeing Germany overtake the UK as the number destination in Europe of foreign investments.”
The Prime Minister is “delusional” to believe that there is any realistic chance to revise or to “reopen” the Withdrawal Agreement over the Northern Ireland backstop, despite repeated warnings by the EU that there was no chance of this taking place.
Richard Ashworth MEP for South East England reacting to the so called Graham Brady vote in Parliament on Tuesday 29 January said:
“All this does is more “kicking the can down the road”. Legislating against ‘no deal’ is like making rules that there will be no gravity if you fall out of a tree.”
“The Prime Minister going back to Brussels to reopen the Withdrawal Agreement is pure time wasting. The issue is the same today, as it was two years ago; either you are in the customs union (in which case there are no borders), or you are out of it (and you have borders, friction and all the associated costs and delays).”
“Leavers are still deluding themselves that you can have benefits of customs union, but not have to abide by the rules and can still make our own independent trade deals around the world. If EU won’t agree to that (why would it?), then, by definition, you have a ‘no deal’ Brexit on March 29th anyway”.
Following the Prime Minister’s statement to the House of Commons on Monday 21 January, to outline the position of HM Government on avoiding a “no deal” outcome, Richard Ashworth MEP for South East England the former leader of the UK Conservative Party in the European Parliament, has called on the Prime Minister to start compromising over her “red lines” and rule out a “no deal” Brexit immediately.
“It is HM Government intransigence over the so called “red lines” which has caused this ongoing impasse and has caused so much uncertainty and concern to all”.
“Members of Parliament who voted the Prime Minister’s proposal down are clear what they did not want; it is now time for the PM to work with the House to determine what they do want. The inflexibility she has taken (over the Withdrawal Bill) highlights the need for her to go back to the House to ask exactly what they do want.”
Richard Ashworth MEP speaking with BBC Radio Kent said that the Prime Minister Theresa May was “damaged” and that the vote in Parliament on Theresa Mays “Chequers Plan” was a “defeat by all opinions”.
“There are three options now” according to Ashworth, firstly a General election; “both leaders share the same policy, so there is no point in having an election” Richard Ashworth said to Ian Collins on BBC Radio Kent.
A second referendum Peoples Vote, the problem here is that MPs are decision makers, not delegates, they are best placed to judge what is in best interests of the nation’s prosperity and influence around the world.
The third and final option is for the PM to play for time until the only choice remaining is between the agreement or a hard Brexit.
Richard Ashworth MEP has added his name to calls supporting a second referendum, or a Peoples Vote.