Letter from Bill Wiggin MP – and responses from constituents

 

Dear Bill Wiggin,

Thank you for this update. I know by now that you voted for the deal bill yesterday and that by doing so you voted to make Britain poorer and less safe for a very long time to come.  That is not simply my view, but the view of many respected and well informed correspondents. I believe that you did so as you felt that you were honouring the will of the British people. Government must be about more than simply the desire of the majority, as those in power have a duty to look after all their subjects not simply those with the loudest voices.

Your letter below contains much of the ’spin’ that has been applied to the recent news:

I believe this deal makes good on the promises that were made, by the Prime Minister, myself and many others, during the 2016 EU Referendum campaign, by consolidating security, cooperation and trade, yet also making this country a truly independent nation.

The promises you refer to did include 350 million addition to the NHS, reduction in immigration, many wonderful additional trade deals, (not just rolling over existing arrangements). Many people voted on the basis of these promises, yet these promises are clearly not on the ’satisfied’ list.

We will have thriving economic and commercial ties with our European neighbours, without comprising our independence, or submitting to foreign laws.

The whole history of trade deals has relied on the removal of ‘red tape’ making trade easier and therefore more profitable. The deal has ensured no additional tariff barriers have been put up, but this is at the cost of additional red tape. This will not encourage ’thriving’.

It is good for us to know that we remain a global power, with global potential.

What evidence do you have for the above statement? It still remains true that the only global entities that thought Brexit was a positive idea were Putin, Trump and Erdogan. Those with whom the UK will have to communicate in order to be ‘a global power’ believe almost unanimously that the current UK government is foolish and a laughing stock, not a global power.

Contrary to your view above and not referred to in your letter is the potential break up of the UK resulting from this deal. With Scotland largely in favour of staying in the EU this deal has handed to Nicola Sturgeon the best weapon possible in her fight for Scottish independence. Northern Ireland must now also be at risk due to the creation of a de facto border in the Irish Sea (despite a firm promise to the contrary!). The DUP are dealt a severe blow by being ignored by Westminster and Sinn Fein are delighted and empowered by the continuing of strong relations with the South.  This does nothing to help the UK ‘remain a global power’, or by ‘we’ were you simply referring to England?

The document explains how committees, sub-committees and working groups will be established to consider objections and complaints.

All of the above are additional administration. This costs money. (that should have gone to the NHS 350?) The additional committees and the additional customs officers and systems are exactly the type of unnecessary expense that Margret Thatcher railed against as Tory leader. What has changed in the Tory party to make these additional administration costs palatable?

Looking forward to your response,

yours sincerely,

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Dear Bill

Thank you for your update and your personal views on the ‘Deal’. Some of what you say I recognise but not all. In particular could I ask you please to explain how you reconcile your statement “I believe this deal makes good on the promises that were made, by the Prime Minister, myself and many others…” with your leader’s trumpeted promises:

  • that there would be no border checks for NI?
  • that Erasmus would be protected on his watch?
  • that British fish would be reserved exclusively for British fishermen?
  • that Red Tape would be cut for business (when mine, and my fellow businesses, AND our customers are now inundated with copious new export paperwork)?
  • that the ‘Sunny Uplands’ of Brexit would deliver us £350M bonus to spend on the NHS?
  • that we’d have 40+ easy non-EU trade deals in the bag over a year ago?
  • that the UK would be more secure as a single state entity – when in fact all indicators are that NI and Scottish national movements are being super-charged by the reality of Brexit?
  • that….

….I could go on but I fear I would only depress us both further. Your answers to those few would be much appreciated.

  1. I really do appreciate why you would prefer a positive spin to a down-beat message, but to celebrate that “Herefordshire has done so well to buck the national trend….” an hour after we have been relegated to Tier 3 and after981 tragic Covid deaths/day are reported(nationally), feels like applying lipstick, foundation and eye-liner to a pig on its way to the slaughterhouse. Can I kindly suggest you withdraw and amend that statement.

Kindest regards

Peter


From Bill Wiggin MP

I am currently reading through the 1246 pages of the new UK-EU Trade Deal, announced by the Prime Minister on Christmas Eve.

I believe this deal makes good on the promises that were made, by the Prime Minister, myself and many others, during the 2016 EU Referendum campaign, by consolidating security, cooperation and trade, yet also making this country a truly independent nation.

The relationship we will have with the EU will resemble what a majority of British people voted for when we joined the European Economic Area.

We will have thriving economic and commercial ties with our European neighbours, without comprising our independence, or submitting to foreign laws.

Businesses who rely on trade with the EU will be able to continue their operations without tariffs and quotas.

Britain’s fisherman will see in the coming years a 25% increase in the amount they can legally catch, as they are released from the Common Fisheries Policy.

The greatest positive endorsement is that the EU itself agree that this is a fair deal.

It is not about ruling over one another or complaining about each other anymore.

We have acquired a status-quo that is beneficial to the peoples of the UK and the EU.

There will inevitably be issues and challenges as we begin to implement this deal, and there may be those who feel their needs have been overlooked by it.

However, there is a structure in place within the agreement so that these can be ironed out.

The document explains how committees, sub-committees and working groups will be established to consider objections and complaints.

If these complaints are successful, then aspects of the deal could be tweaked, without altering it in its entirety.

This allows our relationship with the EU to be constantly revaluated so as to be as efficient, streamlined and beneficial as possible.

I intend to vote for this deal, as I feel we have achieved everything we hoped we would and maybe more as so many doubted it was possible, remotely.

It is good for us to know that we remain a global power, with global potential.

We should grasp all future opportunities and raise our sights to a world of possibility in 2021.

Amidst all this excitement, however, we should all remember the sombre work required for us to defeat the Coronavirus.

Unfortunately, I believe it would be irresponsible for me to travel to and from a London in Tier 4, whilst Herefordshire has done so well to buck the national trend and move down into Tier 1/2.

So I shall be using the new proxy system to cast my vote.

I, along with everyone else, have a duty to protect our community from this terrible illness, and to try to reduce its spread.

For this reason, I was unable to visit Colwall surgery as they administered some of the first doses of Covid-19 vaccines to our most vulnerable citizens.

As I was unable to thank them in person, I would like to take this opportunity to express my enormous gratitude to all the teams such as the one at Colwall surgery, and all others across my constituency who have been administering the vaccine and helping us fight this disease.

As I write this, the AstraZeneca Vaccine has been officially approved, which makes another 100 million doses available to the UK without the need for deep freeze storage.

This is a great step forward for the whole world, as well as the UK.

Although this has been a difficult year, I hope all everyone managed to have an enjoyable Christmas.

With optimism, enthusiasm and tremendous excitement for 2021.

I wish you a better, brighter and healthier happy New Year.

Yours sincerely
Bill Wiggin MP
Member of Parliament for North Herefordshire

House of Commons | London | SW1A 0AA

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