Thank you for getting in touch with me regarding the deal that Boris Johnson has negotiated with the EU.
I am writing to you now in my capacity as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Gravesham as Parliament has been dissolved and there are currently no Members of Parliament. I am no longer MP for Gravesham and I will not be again unless I am re-elected by the people of Gravesham on Thursday 12th of December.
Before Parliament was dissolved I voted in favour of Boris Johnson’s deal. I did so with a somewhat heavy heart and after careful consideration. I certainly regard Boris’ deal as an improvement on Theresa May’s version now that the backstop has been removed and it has been made clear that we intend our future relationship with the EU to be based on a Free Trade Agreement, rather than a Customs Union. Now, even Mr Farage accepts that it is Brexit, albeit imperfect. Crucially, Boris' deal means that we will have the freedom to make Brexit the success it should be as we begin to recalibrate our trading relationships with the rest of the world.
However, some of my original concerns about the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration remain and, in particular, I have reservations about the provisions relating to Defence and Security which I do not regard as fully restoring sovereignty to this country.
However, in reaching this deal, I believe that the Prime Minister has been pragmatic and has made concessions that have put the national interest (in getting Brexit done and ending the awful paralysis) before political self-interest.
As you may know, I have always been prepared for the UK to leave the EU on no-deal terms and in many ways I think that a clean break has much to recommend it.
However, it has become clear over the last few months that Parliament would never allow this to happen and, indeed, that the Remain Supporting elite in this country are absolutely determined to stop Brexit happening. I am appalled by this and by the behaviour of many former MPs (including those in my own party) who arrogantly believe that their views should prevail over the will of the majority.
Whilst Boris Johnson’s version of Brexit is not perfect, when I voted for it I did so on the basis that it represents the best chance of honouring the commitments I made to my constituents to deliver the Referendum result.
The truth is this: 6 weeks ago we were in a position where that awful Remainer Parliament were licking their lips at the prospect of a Second Referendum – which Leave might have lost, and anyway the question would have been biased Now we have forced the EU to re-open the Withdrawal Agreement, and after the ghastly “Transition Period” we will be out of the Single Market, Customs Union and European Court.
And now we have an Election where if the Conservatives can get a decent majority we can stand up to the EU from a position of great strength. Brexit is an amazing opportunity for our country – let's help Boris make it happen. Properly.