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Lib Dems call for Newbury MP to give people the final say on Brexit
West Berkshire’s Liberal Democrat Party Chairman Tony Vickers has written to
Newbury MP Richard Benyon urging him to vote in favour of the people having the
final say on Brexit, including the option to remain in the EU. Parliament debates the
EU Withdrawal Bill this week.
Dr Vickers said it was “crunch time” and urged Mr Benyon to “put country before
party” and added: “Brexit is an immediate threat to our economy and public services.
From the drop in the value of the pound to the shortage of skilled workers, the impact
is already being felt in West Berkshire.”
“Regardless of how people voted, it is clear that no one is getting what they wanted.
That is why it is so important the people, not the politicians, have the final say on the
deal, including the option to remain in the EU”.
The EU Withdrawal Bill is returning to the House of Commons on Tuesday 12th June.
The Bill returns from the House of Lords where over 100 amendments were made,
including 15 Government defeats. The Liberal Democrats have lodged an
amendment which, if successful, will ensure the people have the final say on the
Brexit deal, including the option to remain in the EU.
Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake MP has said: “The Lords defeated
the Government on fifteen occasions. In doing so, membership of the European
Economic Area was backed and attempts to hand ministers ‘blank cheque’ powers
were squashed. This was achieved because both Tory and Labour Peers joined the
Liberal Democrats and voted with their conscience, defying their parties’ whips.
“The Brexit ball is now back in the Common’s court. The challenge for MPs of all
political colours is to follow the example set by their colleagues and vote to defend
the interests of their constituents.”

TEXT OF LETTER TO MR BENYON follows:-
Dear Richard,
Brexit is an immediate threat to our economy and public services. From the drop in
the value of the pound to the shortage of skilled workers, the impact is already being
felt.
Meanwhile the present Government seems incapable of making any kind of plan for
Brexit and key figures in you party are not only an embarrassment but they are
putting their own personal agenda ahead of our national interest. None of the
country’s real problems are being addressed because Brexit is absorbing everyone’s
total ‘bandwidth’.
Regardless of how people voted, it is clear that no one is getting what they wanted.
That is why it is so important the people, not the politicians, should have the final say
on the deal.
With the EU Withdrawal Bill now due back in the House of Commons, I urge you to
back the Liberal Democrat amendment 19 to give the people the final say.
This process started with democracy and should end with democracy. With the eyes
of history watching, I hope you will put the country and your constituency before
party. It is crunch time.
You campaigned Remain. Most of your constituents voted Remain. Hardly any of
them voted to be made poorer yet households are already on average £900/yr
poorer.
We all deserve the chance to reconsider. Democracy did not end with the
Referendum. Members of Parliament must put the interests of the country above
everything.
Before it is too late, I hope you join us to give voters an opportunity to stop a
disastrous Brexit, which as we both know will inflict permanent damage to our
country. Please allow us to hit the ‘reset’ button.
Kind regards,
Tony Vickers, Chair, West Berkshire & Newbury Liberal Democrats
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Got something to say? / Re: National Decline; signs and symptoms
« Last post by Number 6 on May 30, 2018, 12:08:48 pm »
The thing about personal wealth and stability is that Governments have a way of removing it from individuals if they find themselves in deep financial trouble and in need of more money. Things go belly up not when people have nothing but when what they have is removed from them improperly with no redress. From that point of view I think we should watch what is starting to happen in Europe with interest and be sure that it could happen here as well. Shoulders to the wheel would seem a better solution.
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Got something to say? / Re: National Decline; signs and symptoms
« Last post by Old Goat on May 29, 2018, 08:10:09 pm »
Quite agree, but until such time as we have some real and effective leadership nationally and locally, I'm not putting my shoulder to the wheel; I'll just follow our national ethos; look after number one because no one else will.  Shoulder to the wheel might be the right and tried austerity exhortation though. Nonetheless, it smacks of another, which I suspect our politicians still don't get.  Went something like this - Your strength, your resolution, your courage, will bring us victory! 
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Got something to say? / Re: National Decline; signs and symptoms
« Last post by Number 6 on May 27, 2018, 11:47:01 pm »
Not sure we can just stand back and let it happen without it affecting us ? Our current trajectory is leading to our infrastructure collapsing, the NHS is in dire straights, the tax burden is ever rising and perhaps most worrying of all future generations are going to end up poorer that their parents, with well paying jobs becoming scarcer and scarcer. I can't see that there is a magic wand to make these challenges disappear so it's up to us all to put our shoulders to the wheel and insist on things being done properly (do it once, do it right and no excuses) and value for money. The latter is key as most of our public services are appalling value.
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Got something to say? / Re: National Decline; signs and symptoms
« Last post by Old Goat on May 26, 2018, 05:24:01 pm »
Number 6, can't argue with that!  Only trouble is, these days no one, no one at all will notice or listen. Many simply grumble, but don't do anything more.  Perhaps like me, they've found they are just banging their heads against a brick wall.  Yes, it really is nice when you stop!  So. For me, from now on, just let it happen, if it doesn't affect me, I don't want to know.  Just live and let live.
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Wage rises and pension payments. The dog is chewing itself up from the tail and is reaching the vital organs now. Like all dogs they never know when to stop eating.
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Yes, triples all round!

Given what they don't do now, makes you wonder what WBC needs all that money for.
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Got something to say? / Re: Newbury - Blatant disregard for any speed limits.
« Last post by Old Goat on May 13, 2018, 07:02:28 pm »
Yes, totally agree!  Sainsburys this afternoon, walking through aisles, two shall we say economy sized ladies walking very slowly pushing a trolly side on, looking at stuff but not letting anyone pass.  Casual insolent rudeness; the me,me,me society.  Comprehensive education really works doesn't it.
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What- and create a whole new raft of infill development opportunities to further swell the council coffers and local developers back pockets ?
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Got something to say? / Re: Newbury - Blatant disregard for any speed limits.
« Last post by Number 6 on May 10, 2018, 02:53:50 pm »
You mean the 4x4 brigade who can just about manage to go forwards in a straight line but find anything else too tricky- especially reversing in car park bays ?  Sadly a decline in standards seems to be endemic across all areas of life.
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