Written by MP Rachel Maclean
BY now you will all be receiving polling cards for the European Parliamentary Elections on May 22.
This is not something I wanted to happen, I did not vote for it in the House of Commons and I have spoken against it on the floor of the House.
I believe we should have left the EU by now, in accordance with the wishes of 17.4million people and 62 per cent of the electorate in Redditch.
When I was elected as your MP I made a simple promise that while I had personally voted to remain and was on the losing side, I would do everything in my power to honour that result to leave the EU.
I took this stance because I am a democrat, and I believe we politicians are there to serve you, the people.
I am utterly frustrated that the actions of some MPs have led us to this position where we have no choice but to take part in European elections.
The Redditch Conservatives team have taken the principled decision not to formally campaign in the European elections should they take place.
I’m fully behind their position and I certainly won’t be out on the doorstep campaigning for my party.
It’s clear to me the Labour Party are the party of Remain by calling for a second referendum or finding spurious reasons not to support the Withdrawal Agreement.
That is why my position now is we should leave with the deal that has been negotiated, and if that cannot be passed, to leave without a deal. I will not change my view that we should have no further extensions to Brexit Day.
People say they are worried about leaving without a deal.
I share those worries and I understand why people have them, and it isn’t my preferred option, which is why I’ve always backed the Prime Minister’s deal which gives us the transition period and enables businesses and citizens to plan ahead with minimum disruption.
Many businesses I speak to are utterly opposed to Brexit, however, the majority of them understand that democracy has to be respected and have taken steps, as any responsible business would, to be prepared.
As long as I am your MP I will continue to campaign and vote for us to leave the EU, without any further delays. Enough is enough!”