This week has definitely created much to talk about from the Conservative Party conference, and in my view hardly anything positive.
I find it quite worrying that our Prime Minister can be interviewed saying “What makes me angry? Injustice… …When I see the powerful abusing their position.” Although then she seems to be conveying in her words over the last few months that Brexit is whatever I say it means, by confirming Article 50 will be triggered by March 2017 in her conference speech, and we will leave the single market completely.
The Great Repeal Act plan which will repeal the 1972 Act than led us in the single market and later the EU, will take all our laws and enshrine them within ours once Brexit has been completed. There is a chilling fear that these could be greatly picked apart and would we would loose many of the benefits and protections the EU has given us.
Yesterday (3/10) the Environment secretary Andrea Leadsom suggested that young people in the UK would like to work as fruit pickers after the EU workers had returned, which I can’t see happening. She also said we export coffee to Brazil, which has turned out to be true although is from a Nestle factory in the Midlands, and wasn’t clear if she meant grown here or not, with her own department not knowing the facts on it. We have to remember Andrea was a PM contender, and a leading light of the ‘Take back control’ rhetoric turning the Leave campaign.
The suggestion by Theresa May today (4/10) is also quite striking, as NHS Doctors from overseas may know be welcome until 2025. This is despite huge numbers being recruited from abroad, with the numbers registering to work in the NHS from outside the UK being shown to be outstripping those graduating from medical school in recent years.
There does seem to be many concerns being raised over what the future will bring, and I can’t see how Brexit will be made to “work for all”, with PM May’s words on that meaning nothing. There are many issues which seem to be being ignored, especially to do with the Irish border, and the fact that Scotland had a majority remain vote in all areas.
However I do feel there is one positive in the next few weeks, and that is the Witney by-election in Oxfordshire. As a volunteer of the Vote for Europe Group, a blogger on the New Europeans website, and a Liberal Democrat member (although slight bias there) I feel the Lib Dem candidate; Liz Leffman would be the best person for the role of MP in the seat held by David Cameron. It would also send the government a message that there are many out there from all parties, that feel the country is heading in the wrong direction.
I believe as the full plan comes into view about what direction Theresa May is taking us in; we should be ready as an opposing force; to resist those taking the country backwards via Brexit, and together we can move forward in a positive way.