The EU Withdrawal Agreement announced by the Prime Minister yesterday will go before Parliament in the coming weeks. Having read and analysed the document, I have concluded that I cannot in all good conscience support the proposed agreement in its current form.
Whilst significant progress has been made on many of the key issues, I am unable to accept a temporary customs arrangement (union in all but name) that we cannot unilaterally withdraw from. To agree to this will be worse than staying in the EU, where we had the assurance of a unilateral withdrawal process. Handing over more sovereignty is precisely the opposite of what this country voted for on 23rd June 2016.
Since Chequers was announced I have expressed my concern about the direction of the negotiations, and now having seen the final proposals I have concluded that they do not honour the outcome of the referendum on our membership of the European Union. When, or if, these proposals are put to a vote in the House of Commons I will vote against them.
The vote to leave the EU was not merely about sovereignty or indeed immigration in my opinion, but often a feeling of being ignored and dismissed by those in positions who feel they always know best. Politicians used to believe in something, now it appears many of them believe in nothing. I will not be one of those politicians who compromise principles, integrity and our country’s independence for the opportunity of my own advancement.