Local Tories reject Mays EU Deal
“For me, Brexit must ensure we regain control of our money, our borders and our laws and develop our own independent trade policy to form deals around the world.” Says Cllr Lowry.
Conservative Association Chairman up and down the Country met with the Prime Minister regarding the proposed Brexit deal.
Cllr Nicola Lowery, Borough Councillor for the Ironbridge Gorge and Chairman of the Telford Conservative Association attended a conference call with the Prime Minister Theresa May to ask questions on the draft withdrawal agreement.
The draft Brexit withdrawal agreement sets out how the UK leaves the European Union, scheduled for 29 March 2019.
Association Chairman had an opportunity question the Prime Minister for over an hour and to raise any questions or concerns on the proposal.
Cllr Nicola Lowery, Chairman of the Telford Conservative Association said: “It was very valuable to have an opportunity to propose questions to the Prime Minister about the withdrawal agreement she has proposed and to scrutinise the detail of the deal. For me, Brexit must ensure we regain control of our money, our borders and our laws and develop our own independent trade policy to form deals around the world. Sadly, I feel this proposal currently fails to do this.
“I relayed to the Prime Minister that my concerns relate to the transition period, our ability to forge free trade deals whilst in the Customs Union and that the Northern Ireland/the backstop was my red line. Under the proposal the UK cannot leave the backstop independently, it needs to be decided together with the EU and EU can veto this decision. I made it very clear that I felt this was unacceptable to the British people and has the potential to undermines integrity of the UK and Good Friday agreement.
“As part of our meeting I specifically expressed my concern to the Prime Minister that under the proposed withdrawal agreement the UK cannot unilaterally leave the customs union and asked her what reassurance she can provide to ensure that the UK will not remain in a customs union with the EU beyond December 2020 when the transition period is due to end as it is essential that backstop arrangement does not bind the UK in the customs union indefinitely.
When asked about the Prime Ministers future Cllr Lowery said: “For me this is bigger than party, or any individual, this is about securing the best deal and future for this country and if the Prime Minister stands in the way of this, we need to consider appointing another individual who can deliver the best deal for the UK.
“The Future framework sets our future relationship and our communities want to have confidence on what the future holds and what the partnership will be. This decision has the potential to define the direction of the UK for generations to come and it essential we secure the best deal for our country”.