Brexit chaos in Government revealed in MP letters to Hull businessman
The letters reveal the extent of Brexit chaos in the Government
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 18 Feb 2019
Letters sent to a prominent Hull businessman from one Tory and one Labour MP calling for a Scottish and Irish referendum have revealed the extent of unrest in the Government.
“Another vote, another humiliation” was a familiar headline theme on Thursday as Prime Minister Theresa May lost another House of Commons vote on her Brexit talks.
A solution to Brexit appears to be no nearer and it appears the debate behind the scenes is wider than we may know as new letters sent from senior MPs to a Hull have revealed.
Neither MP wanted to be named, along with the businessman, but both letters speak of a desire to see referendums over the future of Scotland and Ireland.
The businessman in question said: “It would appear that we are as far away as ever from a deal and that MPs on both sides take little or no notice of what business people or the public say once elected.
“We need a better quality of debate. Many of those ‘handling’ Brexit negotiations appear to have never made a decision in real life and that’s why we are struggling.”
Below are the two letters sent from the MPs who do not serve the region.
MP Letter 1
I am writing to you to share my thoughts regarding the current impasse surrounding “Brexit” and the implications thereof.
Clearly our elected representatives are unable, or indeed incapable, of sorting out what should have been a relatively straightforward mandate given to them in the electorate in 2016.
The major hurdle which is still to be sorted out is the so called “backstop” which our friends in the E.U. have made into a deal blocker when there is absolutely no need for it to be.
We then have the Scottish Nationalists (SNP) who have ben spoiling for a fight since they lost their referendum.
Both the Scots and the E.U. have agendas which would as things stand lead to a breakup of the United Kingdom.
My solutions therefore is to give them what they want and the problem disappears!
Firstly, hold a referendum for the whole island of Ireland on whether the North should be re-united with the Republic which, bearing in mind the economic success of the Republic with its low Corporation Tax is booming, should result in that particular issue going away. One only has to look at property prices (particularly in Dublin) and the huge influx of international business to see what a positive outcome that would be and “backstop” is no more!
Secondly, given that the SNP and their supporters the Scots (as we are continuously told) voted to remain within the E.U. we should grant them their wish and become independent and remain in the E.U.
he revenue from North Sea oil which is currently an asset in the UK could then be divided equally between Scotland and England/Wales based upon a “per head of population” system and the Barnett Formula could then be scrapped.
In recent years Joel Barnett himself has said that it has “no legal standing or democratic justification” and has also called it a “terrible mistake”
The UK would then be free to pursue trade deals around the globe whilst seeking a sensible free trade agreement with our friends and allies in the E.U.
We could lower Corporation Tax 10% to attract world leading businesses in those shores and watch the investment flow in with the jobs and prosperity that this would bring with it!
Just a thought!
MP Letter 2
I hope this letter finds you and your family well. You asked me recently about the chaos of Brexit and what options are being considered at the highest levels.
There have been a number of strategies doing the rounds in government circles. One that seems to be getting a bit of attraction relates to a raft of referendums on the back of a Corporation Tax reduction to 10%.
The Irish backstop issue could be brought to a head with a referendum so the strategy goes. This would be a straight in/out referendum on remaining in the U.K. or voting to leave (and potentially reunite with the Republic.) If the people of Northern Ireland vote to stay in the Union then that confirms their status and removes the backstop issue. If a hard border is then required so be it. Better still let the E.U. or the R.O.I. do it if that’s what they want.
If the U.K. drops the rate of Corporation Tax to 10% then this would seriously affect the R.O.I. alongside potential tariffs on their goods from the U.K. This should get their government to reconsider its position.
The British government could also step in to support Northern Ireland further where necessary, particularly with regard to companies such as Bombardier.
Referendum number 2 can be offered to Scotland to end the constant “threat” from First Minister Sturgeon. There is a view at Westminster that the Scots should have a referendum to end the debate once and for all, particularly with regards to the E.U. membership.
If they vote to leave, they leave without support from the British government and with the ability then to apply to join the E.U. as the rest of the U.K. leaves.
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The Barnett formula would be scrapped & oil revenue apportioned on a per capita basis, as would investment in the North Sea.
It is believed that these moves would remove doubt from other parts of the Union and enable the Brexit process to be enacted more smoothly, should Parliament once again throw a spanner in the democratic process of leaving the E.U.
Interesting ideas which may well carry weight and merit in the weeks to come. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Your old friend.