MP Matt Western writes for The Observer in Westminster Diary - The Leamington Observer

MP Matt Western writes for The Observer in Westminster Diary

Leamington Editorial 12th Oct, 2019   0

THE PRIME minister has now outlined his Brexit proposals. They are thin on substance but thick on Northern Ireland, most concerning is that he is prepared to sacrifice the Good Friday Agreement. In essence he is proposing two hard borders. This is guaranteed to create greater customs friction and would seriously risk the peace and stability in Northern Ireland.

Mr Johnson has continued to undermine democracy at every turn, by publicly disagreeing with the Supreme Court ruling that proroguing Parliament was unlawful and threatening to ignore the legislation that prevents him pushing through a no-deal Brexit.

There is reason to believe that Mr Johnson is, in fact, under significant pressure from his political donors to push through a no deal Brexit. It’s been reported that many of his financial backers have ‘shorted’ the pound and are set to make a killing from a no deal Brexit. During an urgent question I raised the gross conflict of interests this presents and call for an inquiry into these allegations.

Away from Westminster, I was impressed to see the work undertaken in the beautiful village of Norton Lindsey to build a new village hall. It has taken two years to fund-raise and plan but what an achievement. The committee and all the volunteers and supporters have built a twenty-first century multi-use village hall, to the highest sustainable code, and I was delighted to attend its opening. May I commend the significant financial support made by Warwick District Council to underwrite the project as well as the many charitable foundations that have provided funds.

I also visited the Guide Dogs’ World Record attempt for the largest ever dog photoshoot at Warwick Racecourse. It was great fun and highlighted the amazing work Guide Dogs do, locally and nationally.

Finally, I was pleased to watch Leamington Brakes play in the FA Cup against Darlington on Saturday. Despite a decent performance they unfortunately exited the competition, but I look forward to seeing them now concentrate on the league.

Matt Western

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