Since the announcement of the general election I have experienced a huge increase in personal contacts, on social media and in person, from constituents asking me what Brexit means to me. I am very clear and principled on my views regarding Brexit. I want us to leave the European Union and I believe that Boris Johnson's deal is the best way to achieve this.
Just to confirm where I stand:
1. After much personal consideration, I voted to leave the EU in 2016.
2. I believe in democracy; that the democratic will MUST be respected and Brexit delivered.
4. I want us, together, to see beyond Brexit and reunite local communities.
5. I will work towards post-Brexit opportunities that benefit everyone in West Dorset.
BUT MOST OF ALL ...
I will champion the local issues in West Dorset that have been neglected for too long because of Brexit.
That is what you are asking me for, on the streets and on doorsteps, in the marketplaces and in the messages you share with me. You have causes and concerns that matter to you and your families and I promise to help you address these.
What makes Boris Johnson's deal better than Theresa May's?
Theresa May's deal locked us into the EU for a transition period until December 2020 (but up until December 2022) during which we would try to figure out specifics of the new relationship between the EU and the UK. However, if the EU stalled on negotiations during the transition period, we could be indefinitely stuck in the EU without a voice.
What makes Boris’s deal better, is that it creates a definite end to the transition period in December 2020, with many decisions required to be made by June 2020. Altogether, this deal guarantees that the UK will leave the EU at the end of December 2020, with or without an agreement on our future relationship.
Additionally, with Boris’s deal, the political declaration isn't legally binding - it's merely a suggestion on future conversations. If none of it is agreed by December 2020, then none of it goes into force.
Finally, what the Prime Minister's deal does is take the ball, and the onus in decision making, out of the EU’s court and puts it squarely into ours.