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Brexit is a mess and it is ordinary people up and down the country that stand to lose the most.
“Businesses have been watching in horror as politicians have focused on factional disputes rather than practical steps that business needs to move forward. The lack of progress in Westminster means that the risk of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit is rising.”
- Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce condemns the way the Brexit process has been handled
In Lincolnshire, our local businesses – especially the agriculture, food processing and manufacturing sectors that make up the backbone of our economy – face hazardous uncertainty, EU nationals face uncertain futures, and our hospitals are under threat. After almost three years of the government failing to deliver, all the signs point towards a Brexit that will be hugely detrimental to Lincolnshire. Polls show support for Brexit in Lincolnshire has notably declined. Despite what some of our local political leaders might think, we did not vote to walk away without a deal.
Information obtained following a Freedom of Information request, establishes that Lincolnshire County Council's own Brexit Working Group has identified the following of many factors:-
The government is struggling to get any legislation through a very divided parliament because what was promised just can’t be delivered. A disastrous no-deal Brexit is looming, as politicians prove incapable of decisive action.
The only way to unblock the legislative jam and put a stop to this mess is to give the decision back to the people.
Whichever way you voted two years ago, nobody voted to be poorer or to give up control. Brexit campaigners promised we would continue to enjoy ‘the exact same benefits’ of being in the EU, while ‘taking back control’. But we now know these promises will be broken – not because the Government won’t keep them - but because they can’t be kept. Instead, the current Brexit trajectory delivers the exact opposite of what was promised: the UK would lose all its rights as an EU member – with less trade, fewer opportunities and lower living standards – while suffering the biggest loss of sovereignty, prosperity and control in British history.
That’s why we, the undersigned, call on Lincolnshire County Council leaders, Cllr Martin Hill and Cllr Colin Davie to act in the national interest and demand a People’s Vote.