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.”