Open Britain Shrewsbury continues to campaign for a People’s Vote

Open Britain Shrewsbury continues to campaign for a People’s Vote following last evening’s Parliamentary approval mandating the Prime Minister’s return to Brussels to seek alteration of the Withdrawal Agreement.

“Now is the time to ask us, the people, what we think would be best for the future of our country,” commented Open Britain chairman, Andrew Bannerman. “At the end of this agonising period of parliamentary discord, we, the people, have a right to be consulted. We now know that in 2016 the Leave campaign promised things which are undeliverable. Nobody knows what everyone who voted Leave in 2016 wanted.  

“Now we know much more about the difficulties and risks in undoing 45 years of increasing collaboration with our European neighbours. Now is the time to ask us, the people, what we think would be best for the future of our country.” 

He continued: “The approval, by a very small majority, of the Amendment which mandates the Prime Minister’s return to Brussels to seek alteration of the Withdrawal Agreement is a waste of time. The Withdrawal Agreement is the result of two and a half years’ negotiations.   

“Both the EU and the UK government have had to make concessions to reach this agreement. Understandably, the EU has made it clear several times that this agreement is not available for further negotiation.

“An essential part of the Withdrawal Agreement is the Backstop, which reassures both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland that there will be no return to a hard border, which is associated with the Troubles, which caused so much suffering and hostility.  We in England have an absolute responsibility to maintain the open border which was an integral part of the Good Friday agreement, to which we were an essential signatory.  

“If the UK leaves the EU, there has to be a hard border in Ireland, unless and until some other customs arrangement is agreed – hence the need for the Backstop.

 “Unfortunately, Yvette Cooper’s proposal to extend Article 50, to allow the UK to come to a more reasonable decision on Brexit, was narrowly defeated. This would have given Parliament the time, which is now essential, to ask the people what wenow think is the best way out of the mess which we are in. It is never undemocratic to think again, as David Davis, no less, has said.”  

 

Bob Saunders