Are you fed up with Brexit? I certainly am. It’s dominated our political discourse for 3+ years and has meant that we have had no debate on things that I think are important such as the NHS, climate change, education and social care and the reform of Government.
During the course of the election I will be both writing blogs and screening videos about all the subjects above. I have started with Brexit for two reasons:
- It’s the reason we are having a third election in 5 years when we are only supposed to have them every 5 years.
- If we leave the EU there will be much less money to spend on the things that I hold dear and where more money needs to be spent in addition to reforming the priorities within the system.
Unless we revoke Article 50 then Brexit will be with us with its current domination of discussions for years ahead. If we leave there are literally hundreds of laws and treaties and regulations that will need to be changed. That will once again clog up the parliamentary system and will stifle relevant debate and discussion in Parliament.
You can see more about my views on this on this video. https://youtu.be/AySWhnDrrbQ. You can also find out more about the views of my Labour opponent. As soon as she was selected, I contacted her to challenge her to a public debate on Brexit. I have repeated that suggestion twice. I have not had the courtesy of a reply from her.
She doesn’t want you to know that her position is even more extreme than the shilly-shallying of the Labour Leader. She actually believes that Brexit would be good for the Country. The fact that Brexit would allow a Tory Government now or in the future to throw away the rights of working people, rip up climate change agreements and reduce the amount that we can spend on public services seem to have passed her by.
I know many Labour members and voters in the Wavertree Constituency follow both my blog and Twitter account so I hope the many Remainers amongst them will urge her to come out of hiding and engage in a debate with me.
I am not going to repeat here the case for remaining in the EU. You can go back through my recent blogs and see those cogent arguments. I do, however, want to remind you of the political realities of Liverpool as a whole and Wavertree Constituency in particular.
Only the Labour candidate or I can win in Wavertree. Since 1973 Liverpool has a been a two-Party City where people mostly vote either Lib Dem or Labour.
Wavertree voted to Remain by about 70% to 30% wanting to leave. Only the Labour Party and Lib Dems have councillors in Wavertree. Tories and Greens have no chance at all of winning.
I repeat that if you are a Remainer you only have one Party to vote for in Wavertree and that is the Liberal Democrats and I am their candidate. This is my very simple and direct pledge about how I will vote if elected:
Revoke Article 50
Published by Cllr Andrew Makinson to promote Cllr Richard Kemp both of 509, Smithdown Road, Liverpool 15