MP declares he'll vote to stay in EU at referendum
MP James Heappey has explained why he's decided to vote for the
UK to remain in the EU in this month's EU Referendum.
MP, who said he would wait to hear all the sides of the argument
before revealing his voting intentions, finally made his decision
on Monday (June 13th).
explained: "Ive been dancing the EU Hokey-Cokey. Three
years ago, I was out. After the Bloomberg speech, I was in. After
the renegotiation was unveiled, I was out. But now, with just
over ten days to go, the music has stopped, and Im in."
has been no Damascene conversion I still think the EU is
urgently in need of change that goes well beyond the concessions
won in our renegotiation. Nor have I been schmoozed. Gavin Williamson,
the PMs right hand man in the Commons, had offered me a
chat with the boss but it never came. Quite rightly, I suspect
David Camerons priority was on winning millions of votes
rather than my one."
theres no glory hunting either. As I write this,
Im surrounded by papers saying that the momentum nationally
is going the other way and Im pretty sure that locally here
in Somerset the momentum has never been anywhere other than with
the way, Ive been disappointed by both campaigns. There
have been scare stories aplenty, hopelessly biased leaflets from
the Government and battle buses adorned with made up numbers for
extra cash for the NHS. Weve been given plenty to worry
about from economic Armageddon to all of Turkey leaving home and
coming here. The bulls**t detector has been in overdrive."
wise, being openly critical of both sides has probably not been
the smartest move. Choosing in the end to go the opposite way
to the bulk of the Wells Conservative Association and, I suspect,
a majority of my constituents is certainly not the easy option."
this is a decision of huge importance, shaping the future of our
country for decades to come and so doing what is easy, is surely
trumped by doing what is right."
matter what I think of the EU, I just cannot turn a blind eye
to the gaping hole in the case for leaving. We have not seen the
economic vision for life after Brexit. We know we wont want
a deal like Norways nor Switzerlands. Well just
start with a blank piece of paper and make something up as we
possible, but this is a decision that needs to be made in the
real world. On June 24th, we dont get to press pause whilst
we design our trade deal and negotiate it with the EU. The world
will go on around us, the markets will react, international businesses
will make decisions about where theyll invest and none of
it will react well to our self-inflicted economic uncertainty."
we remain, we might be better off but the worst case is surely
that things are about the same. If we leave, who knows? At some
point around two years after the referendum, wed have to
hand back our membership card and UK businesses would be trading
under our newly negotiated settlement. Two years and two weeks
beforehand, we have not the faintest clue what that deal looks
its to indulge Project Fear to point that out,
then guilty. In my military career, however, I learned a little
about fear and invariably its not what you know that makes
you afraid but what you dont know."
the next two weeks, well hear lots of threats but I dont
expect those to be decisive in the way people vote. Instead, its
the blank piece of paper that is the Leave campaigns post
Brexit economic policy."
EU is no less flawed and the need for change is undiminished.
Concerns over immigration are coming to the fore in the referendum
because in communities across the UK, people are fed up."
will be voting to remain and I really hope the country as a whole
will do likewise. But that must not be confused as a vote for
more of the same. Our immigration policy needs more work and the
EU needs more change."
decision on 23rd June is going to be taken in the real world.
If we vote to leave, everything around us will react to our decision
and we just dont know what the cost of that reaction will
be. Then well start negotiating for our future and with
just ten days to go, nobody seems to have any idea what it is
well be asking for."
avoid that whopping great leap into the unknown, Ill be
holding my nose and voting to remain."
TO THE MP'S DECISION ON THE EU REFERENDUM
Chairman of UKIP Somerset:
Hims, Chairman of UKIP Somerset and who lives in the Burnham-On-Sea
area, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I'm incredibly disappointed
to learn that James Heappey has decided to campaign to remain
in the European Union. In a nutshell, he claims that leaving the
EU will be a 'leap in the dark', and although the EU needs massive
reforms, the worst case scenario is 'things will stay the same'."
"Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. By leaving we will take back control
of our laws, our money, our borders, our trade and our world influence,
all things we've progressively lost over the last 40 years. Leaving
is a return to a normal state of affairs - that of national sovereignty
- seen as desirable everywhere in the world except the EU!"
She added: "Remaining is a far riskier option. Things will
certainly not 'stay the same'. The EU is a runaway train and the
Euro a ticking financial time-bomb. When it blows we will be vastly
better off if we have voted to leave."
"As for reform - forget it. We've had 40 years to reform
the EU and got absolutely nowhere. We are constantly outvoted.
At our and only chance to get a new deal, Cameron was completely
unable to secure even the smallest of concessions. Just imagine
how we'll be treated if we vote to stay."
"We're being asked to give up the right to govern ourselves
and I personally don't believe that is a price worth paying -
ever! It's a shame our MP has decided otherwise."