Brexit update from our local MP, Mrs Helen Whately.

Hollingbourne Parish Council has received the following Brexit update from Mrs Helen Whately, the MP for Faversham and Mid Kent which includes Hollingbourne. Please Read More for further information.

The country is divided over Brexit, and this puts MPs in a difficult position too. My view is that we should honour the referendum result and leave the European Union, and it is better if we leave with a negotiated deal. That’s why I’ve consistently voted for the deal.

I’ve also voted to keep no deal on the table because you can’t carry out a negotiation if you aren’t prepared to walk away. However I don’t take the risks of no-deal lightly, not least the risk of delays at the border causing queues on the M20. That’s why for the last three years I’ve been urging the Government to set up an alternative to Operation Stack – which we now have in the form of Operation Brock.

I don’t want a second referendum. Voters were told in 2016 that it was a once-in-a-generation chance to decide on our relationship with Europe. So I voted against Labour’s proposal for a second ‘confirmatory’ referendum.

The last few weeks have shown that there is no majority in Parliament for a specific way forwards. The Prime Minister has negotiated an extension to Article 50 until 31st October. This means we will have to take part in the European election unless we can agree the withdrawal agreement before that. Theresa May has invited Jeremy Corbyn to meet her to work out if there is a version of the deal that Labour would support. If so, that could break the impasse.

I sincerely hope that they can agree on an approach that honours the referendum result and gains a majority in Parliament so we can avoid a long extension and participating in the EU elections. It is time for us to move forwards. You can read more about my voting record here.

While Brexit has been keeping me busy, I’m still getting on with my campaigns on schools, improvements to Faversham station, better healthcare, easier transport for people with disabilities and gender equality.

Mrs Whately can be contacted at helen.whately.mp@parliament.uk

Pictured below is Mrs Whately.

Mrs Helen Whately MP – Faversham and Mid Kent – Conservative.