The Faversham and Mid Kent MP, Mrs Helen Whately, who represents Hollingbourne has responded to a request to comment on the current state of Brexit negotiations, the fact that Operation Brock will start on the M20 at Hollingbourne on Monday 25th March and any resulting local traffic issues, and the fact that over 3 million people have signed a petition to stop Brexit which was only started 2 days ago. Just now the number of signatures seems to be increasing by around 100,000 every hour.
Mrs Whately writes:
“Many people have told me they’ve had enough of Brexit, but it is the most important thing going on in Parliament at the moment, so I feel I have to mention it.
At the time of writing, I have voted twice for the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal. I have also voted to keep ‘No deal’ on the table and against an indefinite extension. The country voted to leave, and that is what we should do. I would prefer we left with a deal, as that avoids the challenges of a no-deal Brexit. I’m also pragmatic; though the deal isn’t perfect, the most likely alternatives are either a closer Norway-style Brexit, or a second referendum, both of which I think would be worse. You have to choose among the options you have, not the options you might like there to be.
And I am worried about this whole process dragging on for ages, to the detriment of our economy and people’s livelihoods. I hope more of my colleagues will come round to this way of thinking and back the deal so we can get out and get on.”
Tomorrow hundreds of thousands of voters from all over the country are expected to congregate in Park Lane in London at midday in order to march to Parliament to press for a second Referendum now more is known about the implications of Brexit. Although Mrs Whately does not support a second referendum a number of her constituents plan to be there and more details are at https://www.peoples-vote.uk/
The revoke Article 50 petition to stop Brexit which will require consideration by Parliament is at https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/241584 and has currently been signed by over four thousand voters in Faversham and Mid Kent.
Mrs Whately can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured below is Mrs Whately.