Brexit and the EU

The EU has played a significant role in maintaining peace across Europe and the prosperity and economic development of the United Kingdom since we joined in 1973. Economic benefits are not and should not be seen as the panacea of the projects achievements. Other benefits have enriched the lives of millions across the EU and the UK. Freedom of movement, improvements to environmental, Health and Safety protections have impacted and improved citizens lives far beyond simple economic prosperity.

I accept that the EU is not a perfect beast, and as such it is clear that our future relationship will only be successful if we can influence it’s direction from within.

We need to listen to the leave voters and Caroline Lucas’s continued engagement with communities who voted leave in large numbers should become the norm. I firmly believe we also need to be more proactive in our support for and promotion of the achievements of the EU. Having campaigned to remain in the EU in 2016 I was struck by the misrepresentation and negative perceptions of the EU amongst the leave voters.

I am committed to letting the people decide on Brexit. This means holding a People's Vote on the current deal with remain options on the ballot. I personally believe we should remain in the EU and campaign for reform. He would respect the outcome for the People's Vote, even if that went against his personal preference.

Steve has been a regular attendee at various national and local demonstrations on Brexit. I helped to organise the local march against Boris Johnson's illegal decision to prorogue parliament, Speaking to the crowd of over 400 people at Newbury Clock Tower against the scandalous and anti democratic decisions the Prime Minister had taken.