The Dover constituency voted to leave in the EU Referendum. So did the country. So Brexit is what the government must deliver, but the referendum never asked: how we should leave; how close our future relationship with the EU should be; how much people would be prepared to sacrifice in return for our independence nor, indeed, how long a transition period we would be prepared to face in order to get things right.

I personally voted Remain, although I sat up watching the results all night with a family that voted both ways. I personally also still believe a close trading relationship with the EU is best. I want a Brexit that doesn’t cost jobs; I want a Brexit that doesn’t risk destabilising the economy for decades and primarily I want a Brexit that isn’t going to clog up Kent’s roads, ports and infrastructure, throttling businesses in Dover and Deal.

This government has rushed ahead, bungling and in-fighting at every turn and meanwhile no-one is getting Kent ready. It is as if the Conservatives have forgotten about Kent. The local Tory (and Independent) MPs talk about the right technology being needed –┬áit is a bit late for that. The Tory neglect of Kent means that the sort of frictionless trade outside of a customs partnership- one that doesn’t facilitate smuggling of goods, people and drugs – is years and years away…if it is possible at all.

I don’t believe in pipe-dreams, or unicorns; I believe in practical action. If this Conservative government can’t negotiate a deal that preserves economic prosperity for our region, they should move aside for a political party that will.

 

 

Link to Instagram Link to Twitter Link to YouTube Link to Facebook Link to LinkedIn Link to Snapchat Close Fax Website Location Phone Email Calendar Building Search