Readers may be interested to read our MP Bim Afolami's latest rationale on a Brexit position that remains badly out of sync with most of his constituents. He has made 3 notable contributions over the last few days of Parliament before the Christmas recess.
“Brexiteers chasing a will-o’-the-wisp perfect deal need to re-evaluate”
The Telegraph, 14 December 2018 [Paywall]
In this article Bim advises ERG members to compromise their principles, in favour of the Withdrawal Agreement or Norway. “The quest for a more perfect Brexit must instead come during our transition out of the European Union, not at the start, through the negotiations on our future relationship with the EU.”
Readers will note the complete absence of any support from Bim for the Brexit option most favoured by his constituents: to Remain in the EU. Rather optimistically, Bim also asserts that it would be politically inconceivable for Theresa May to ignore a vote by Parliament to avoid a No Deal Brexit. A seemingly naïve position that has been promptly undermined by statements by No10 and prominent cabinet ministers like Andrea Leadsom who wrote in the Sunday Telegraph “MPs cannot prevent no-deal Brexit if they fail to approve May's plan”.
“What do young people make of all this?”
Chopper’s Brexit Podcast, December 14th 2018
Harpenden St George’s School sixth formers were able to quiz Bim and other politicians on Brexit matters in this high-profile podcast hosted by Daily Telegraph Political Editor Christopher Hope (aka “Chopper”), who lives locally.
"MPs dread Brexit bashing back in the real world"
The Times, 22nd December 2018 [Paywall]
Bim was quoted extensively in this article, which anticipated the reaction that many MPs would receive from their constituents during the winter recess.
“The thing I have been picking up already is the complete bemusement at the lack of seriousness of how politicians are treating this”
"We're really being watched - people are tuning into debates and they are seeing the absurdities of the way in which some MPs behave".
"It isn't that they want us to do one thing or the other, it's that they don't think we're treating it seriously or acting in the national interest".
An odd comment, given that national opinion polls are showing a consistent lead for a People’s Vote and the UK remaining in the EU. Bim also knows full well that 70% - 80% of his constituents feel the same way. Bim went on to report on a conversation with a friend who works in the City:
"He said 'I've been in meetings this week talking about how many people we should move to Ireland or France because of the no-deal threat'. I said don't worry. We're going to get there and sort something out. But then he said, 'Well you'd better do it soon. Do you guys not realise the impact that these games have on real jobs and real people"
Words are cheap, of course. Action is what matters Bim! Tens of thousands of people are counting on you to avoid disruption of their food supply, medicine supply and so very much more.
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