Thank you for the replies, from many Leicestershire MPs, to a previous letter from the European Movement in which you provided assurance of your confidence in the government to deliver a comprehensive free trade deal with the European Union.
The replies included comments such as the following (from Conservative MPs), with which we should like to agree:
Brexit will “define our European and trade policies for years to come”.
The UK Government is negotiating “a good deal for both sides”.
“Hope a delay won’t be needed.”
“We should continue to trade with the European Union as they are Britain’s largest trading partner”.
“The remaining differences between the two sides can be resolved in time for the end of the transition period.”
Given the magnitude of this issue, it is essential that all MPs hold the government to this commitment to the British people, as stated on page 5 of the 2019 Conservative election manifesto: “Our deal… puts the whole country on a path to a new free trade agreement with the EU. This will be a new relationship based on free trade and friendly cooperation”.
We are just weeks away from the end of the transition period and the government has thus far failed to reach the promised free trade deal with the EU.
Please could ALL East Midlands MPs let your constituents know what you have done over the past eleven months to hold the government to this election pledge? Would you please also confirm that you will vote against any form of Brexit which fails to deliver the promised free trade agreement with the EU?
Thank you for showing your commitment on this extremely important issue.
On behalf of Leicestershire & Rutland European Movement (a cross party organisation)
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