22nd Oct, 2019

Residents urge Stratford MP to clarify position on no-deal Brexit

RESIDENTS in Stratford are calling on MP Nadhim Zahawi to clarify his latest position on Brexit.

The Tory MP, who was recently appointed the junior ministry for business and industry, is backing Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s no-deal Brexit to the dismay of some residents.

The MP’s backing comes in spite of his previous support for former PM Theresa May’s deal when he was reported to say a no-deal Brexit would be ‘harmful to businesses’.

And in a letter hand-delivered to Mr Zahawi yesterday, Liberal Democrat county councillor Dominic Skinner demanded the MP clarify his stance.

Mr Skinner argued although just over half of district residents voted leave it did not mean without a deal.

The letter follows the announcement of Mr Johnson’s move to suspend parliament from the second week in September until October 14 – just 17 days before the scheduled date for Britain to leave the EU.

And opponents claimed the latest move was to prevent other parties from blocking a no-deal Brexit.

The letter continued: “Our parliament is sovereign. It is the bedrock of our democracy. To push it to one side for any for any amount of time at such a pivotal moment in our national history reduces the idea of that democracy to just that: an idea. Nothing more.”

Those who participated in a demonstration outside the Conservative office in Trinity Street claimed they were shunned despite having an appointment.

But in a response to the accusation, South Warwickshire Conservatives tweeted the letter had been collected and would be responded to in due course.

A further tweet in the thread, which included a picture of the front door of the office, said: “If you live in Stratford and need help Nadhim will be more than happy to see you at his regular advice surgeries. You have helpfully included his number in your photo but here it is enlarged. If it’s a surgery you want, rather than a campaign stunt, you know who to call.”

Mr Zahawi added he did not recall any communication from Mr Skinner until the letter received yesterday (Thursday).

The Observer has contacted Mr Zahawi for a response to the concerns raised.

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