Telford Journal Column

Most people just want Brexit done and for the Country and for Parliament to move on.

Parliament has had over three years to debate the issues.  In that time Parliament has been unable to agree the terms on which we should leave the EU. The previous Prime Minister tried her best to reach some form of compromise but was unable despite three attempts to get a Withdrawal Agreement through Parliament.

It is therefore only to be expected that a new Prime Minister and new Government are going to try a different approach.  Let’s be clear, every British Government of whatever political persuasion has a duty to the British people to implement Brexit. It is not optional. There was a Referendum. The Referendum was direct democracy in action. Parliament has no right to set aside the decision that Parliament gave to people to make, simply because Parliamentarians disagree with the people.

It is right that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has committed to leaving the EU by 31st October, with or without a deal and is showing strong leadership to make this happen. It is of no benefit to our country, our economy, our businesses, or jobs to continue the uncertainty and delay.  We now have a Prime Minister who is willing to say enough is enough and take the action necessary to move the country forward.

There are those who say that Government is anti-democratic in seeking to prevent MPs blocking Brexit. But it must be right for any Government to stop MPs from hijacking Parliament. These MPs are ignoring their duty to implement the result of the Referendum.

What we are seeing in Parliament is part motivated by political interest, where the ambition to bring down the Government is prioritised over the interests of the country. Then there are MPs with Remain constituencies who are putting their electoral fortunes first and there are a few who believe they know better than the people and their will should prevail.

Those who cannot support a Conservative Government on this vital issue should not stand as Conservative candidates at an election. When I could not support Theresa May, I told my local Party I would not stand as a candidate in the event of an election.

Now it’s time to move on and if it takes an election to resolve this, then so be it.