How I represent Remain and Leave voters

I have had a couple of emails telling me I should support staying in the EU or so watering down Brexit that we might as well stay in the EU because a majority of people in Wokingham voted Remain. Let me explain again why I do not agree.

The first thing to understand is my constituency of Wokingham includes wards in West Berkshire, whilst many of  the wards in Wokingham Borough are in 3 neighbouring  constituencies. We only know the referendum vote for the Borough, not for my constituency. I accept from the canvassing I did in the referendum that around half  of my electors voted remain, and I have pledged to take up their worries and make sure their concerns are taken into account as we leave.

The referendum was the one time when an MP had just one voice and one vote like all his or her constituents. Clearly an MP could not  be on  both sides, and did not have to try to predict where the majority would  be and vote with them. Once the referendum was over an MP of course has to do his or her best to represent everyone in the constituency, which is bound to include people of both  views.

I support Leave as an MP on the basis of a double mandate to do so from the referendum and a General election. . The government and Parliament made it clear that the referendum gave the decision to UK voters over whether to leave or  stay. I feel bound by the  decision.

We held a General election in 2017. I made it very clear in my personal Manifesto that I would support and vote for Brexit in the Commons, both because it is the wish UK voters, and because I think it is a good decision. The Conservative party also promised to implement the referendum decision, and I campaigned as a Conservative candidate. Again I feel bound to seek to honour my promises about this important matter.

The results of the General Election in Wokingham were particularly interesting. Not only did I receive a majority of the votes cast,  but Labour leapt ahead of the Liberal Democrats. The Liberal Democrat  candidate and his party made clear they did want to water down or overturn Brexit, whilst the Labour Manifesto like the Conservative one said they would implement Brexit. I conclude from the General Election that Wokingham voters either want Brexit or believe they should go along with it. They had every opportunity to signal they wanted to stop Brexit by voting Lib Dem, but the overwhelming majority decided not to do so.

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4 Comments

  1. James Winfield
    Posted July 19, 2018 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    The Liberal Democrats didn’t campaign to stop or reverse Brexit. Had they done so, they may have done much better.

    Reply Of yes they did.

  2. alan jutson
    Posted July 20, 2018 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    You certainly stood on a Leave campaign for the election as did the Conservative Party, and your views should have been obvious to many constituents who have any interest at all, way before that.

    I confirm that the Labour official campaign also wanted to support some form of Brexit, and the LibDems as a Party certainly wanted to remain, not sure about either of the local candidates personal views, as I was not interested in supporting either, as I felt both of their Party leaders were very poor.

  3. Nigel Seymour
    Posted July 21, 2018 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    Brexit Central – “On the site today, Kai Weiss, a Research Fellow at the Austrian Economics Center, says it’s not too late to change the approach to Brexit. He says Britain can show the EU what a country can do by leaving the EU and demonstrate that a ‘one-size-fits-all solution’ doesn’t work. Competition between states is a good thing and Britain can seize the narrative of Brexit if it becomes a beacon of free trade and reduces costly EU regulation.”

    COULD HAVE BEEN PENNED BY BORIS HIMSELF!!

  4. ChrisShalford
    Posted July 21, 2018 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    All very fair, especially the warning about the undemocratic behaviour of the Liberal “Democrats”.

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