Henry Bellingham MP for North West Norfolk has welcomed the Prime Minister’s decision to postpone the vital vote on the Withdrawal Agreement.
Commenting Henry said: “After three days of debate in the House of Commons it was fast becoming perfectly obvious that the Government were going to lose badly. In these circumstances it made no sense whatsoever for the Government to push on regardless. In many ways the Prime Minister was brave to take this decision and resolve to try and secure further concessions from Brussels on the issue of the backstop.”
Henry has now committed to supporting the Prime Minister’s deal; although he has said this is with a “heavy heart” because of his concerns over the backstop.
Henry went onto say: “The other reason why I am inclined to support the Prime Minister is on account of the fact that voting down this deal could well result in Brexit being lost altogether.”
“I now expect the Prime Minister will be working flat out with both her EU counterparts and the Commission – with a view to securing some significant concessions on the backstop. I expect the Prime Minister will bring the deal back to the House in a few weeks’ time. Personally I am reasonably optimistic that she will be able to then get it through Parliament.”
“The majority of emails and letters coming through to me are supportive of the Prime Minister’s stance – indeed phrases such as “her courage and perseverance” keep occurring. Nevertheless, there is a significant minority of constituents who are either pressing for a straight forward no-deal Brexit on the one hand, or a second referendum on the other. On the former, whilst I have no doubt at all about the fact that the UK could both survive and progress in the medium term with a no-deal Brexit, it would lead to significant uncertainty and disruption. I have to be completely frank with people when I say this could easily lead to some postponed investment and job losses in our region.”
“As far as a second referendum is concerned, some people are calling for a so called “People’s Vote”- surely this is what we had in 2016? Even though the then Prime Minister and his Chancellor made dramatic predictions about recession, job losses and general disaster, and even though the Remain campaign was far better resourced then the Leave side, the latter still won. Furthermore, 82% of MPs, including every Conservative and Labour MP, campaigned at the last General Election on a platform of honouring the referendum result. This is why Parliament has a duty to implement the result rather than voting for a second referendum – which would plunge this country into even more uncertainty and turmoil. Furthermore, most of the people pushing for a second referendum were originally prepared to accept the outcome, but were also pushing for a so called soft Brexit with a long transition period and protections for jobs and investment. Is it not ironic that this is what Theresa May’s Agreement does. So I would respectfully suggest people reflect on this.”