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MK comment following Brexit vote
"It is clear from the inability of the Westminster Parliament to find a way forward, that the people of the United Kingdom should be given a say on what should happen next through a People’s Vote."

The UK Government’s approach to Brexit has been truly shambolic. The governance of the United Kingdom has been in paralysis and the failure of the Prime Minister to get her deal through Parliament means we are entering a period of even greater uncertainty.

Throughout the whole process, the UK Government has failed Cornwall and we feel extremely let down by the failure of Theresa May and her Cabinet to address, or even acknowledge, Cornwall’s national interest in its approach to leaving the European Union.

It has failed to give clarity on a whole host of matters. These include the position of EU citizens, many of whom are key employees within the public sector (including the NHS) and agriculture / horticulture in Cornwall; the impact on traditional industries such as farming and fishing; and the loss of EU structural funding to Cornwall and the refusal of the UK Government to guarantee measures to safeguard investment levels into Cornish communities.

It has not even assessed the impact of Brexit on the Cornish economy, and appears only focussed on London and the South East, with any powers ‘repatriated’ from the EU being centralised in London - undermining the democratic structures of the UK.

There is now a greater possibility of a no-deal Brexit, which would be especially damaging for Cornwall. It is clear from the inability of the Westminster Parliament to find a way forward, that the people of the United Kingdom should be given a say on what should happen next through a People’s Vote.

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At MK’s National Conference on 17th November 2018, party members set out opposition to the Government’s approach to Brexit and voted overwhelmingly to back a People’s Vote.
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By Dick Cole. Published on 16th January 2019.

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