The wisdom of a Sussex based Brexit supporting MP


Gillian KeeganOn the 17th July, there was a Parliamentary debate on the subject “Report on proposed free trade agreement”. One of the MPs who contributed was the MP for Chichester, Gillian Keegan. Whilst I often agree with Gillian despite our political differences, when it comes to our proposed departure from the EU we are on opposite sides of the argument. Along with my vote to remain in the EU back in June 2016, my opposition has grown in the light of how badly Gillian’s party has progressed matters in the 833 days since we woke up to discover that our nation had made a borderline decision to leave the EU. The discovery that all of the promises for our departure were false simply destroys the extremely low level of credibility for the Vote Leave decision. However although I do not support some of her arguments, the following elements of Gillian’s speech deserve to be promoted:

We need to support global trade by ensuring that existing trade agreements via the EU can continue, providing access to overseas procurement opportunities—an important market worth £1.3 trillion—and protecting our business from unfair practices…… Only a business will have a truly accurate view on this, but it is safe to assume that introducing costs will have a negative impact on businesses large and small throughout the country. They will want to avoid going back to the days when supply chains were not highly integrated and efficient. They will need to hold stocks in warehouses or lorry parks. I am probably the only person in the House of Commons who has sat in customs waiting to rescue a stranded part while a car production line lay idle. Delays are quite simply the difference between profit and loss [and business collapse]. The same applies to agricultural goods. We have a thriving growers’ business in Chichester, and export more than £1 billion of perishable goods to the EU every year. Customs delays and perishable goods are two words that do not belong in the same sentence…..Every successful negotiation requires compromise, and perhaps the Rolling Stones express our current predicament best in one of their greatest songs: “You can’t always get what you want, but sometimes you can get what you need.”

About ianchisnall

I am passionate about the need for public policies to be made accessible to everyone, especially those who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am particularly interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as health services and strategic planning.
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