I will not support any further extension to the Brexit.
I completely support our NHS. My mother, grandmother and father all dedicated their lives to serving in the NHS, working at hospitals including our local Pinderfields Hospital. During this national health emergency, I have assisted the Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust the best I can in my capacity as Wakefield’s Member of Parliament, including helping to provide 110,000 units of Personal Protective Equipment.
The Government has responded swiftly and with the necessary actions to this health emergency, ensuring the NHS did not get overwhelmed. The NHS is slowly returning to normality, with NHS Nightingale Hospital London going on standby on the 4th of May as no new COVID-19 patients were expected to be admitted.
This government, led by Boris Johnson, was elected on the promise of ‘getting Brexit done’. I will not betray the trust that my constituents put in me when they voted in December 2019 by seeking to delay Brexit. Our country has already suffered through years of squabbling on Brexit, and I do not want to return to this state of disorder and stagnation.
‘No-Deal Brexit’ has been ruled out. If we are to leave, it is on the Withdrawal Agreement that the UK negotiated with the EU and ratified this year, or on WTO terms. I do not believe that the NHS will be hurt by our withdrawal, no matter what form it takes. Similarly, I do not believe that Wakefield, or the Mid Yorkshire region, will suffer from leaving the European Union. Our nation now has the opportunity to negotiate new trade agreements to attract foreign investment into the United Kingdom, open our businesses to new markets, and the opportunity for growth that may well have been previously inaccessible.
Any further delay to Brexit will not only be financially draining, given an extension to the transition period would mandate further contributions to the EU’s budget, but would also weaken our negotiating stance. I will not advocate for anything that will strengthen the negotiating arm of the European Union.
Brexit is an excellent opportunity for the United Kingdom to reposition itself on the global stage by reorienting its international trade strategy and foreign policy. I do not want to cause any further delay to it.