Support for Jonathan

Professor Ruth Roberts, PhD, ATS, FBTS, ERT, FRSB, FRCPath, says:

"As Co-director of a global science business at Alderley Park, I am strongly against Brexit in any form. The UK is at the heart of the European Science community and receives a large amount of funding from the EU across all of the science and technology sectors. This funding helps drive innovation in all aspects of health and environmental sciences from creating new medicines to conserving energy and protecting the environment. We depend upon our networks of European expert collaborators to drive forward this innovation which is at the heart of the UK economy. We have already seen the loss of the European Medicines Agency from London to Amsterdam, undermining the central role the UK and its experts played in guiding and regulating new medicines development. Brexit will bring more of these changes which I believe will be catastrophic for the UK Science base.”

A Campaign Supporter, living and working in Europe, says:

“I believe that our fantastic country, the United Kingdom, has a great future before it. Why? Because time and again over its long and proud history, it has met adversity with strength, inclusion and innovation. Answering every new challenge, not by turning to infighting, closing its doors and cutting itself off from the world; but by adapting to changing circumstances, seizing every opportunity, growing in diversity, reaching out to partners new and old and grasping the opportunity of new horizons. This is why the decline of our country since the referendum vote in 2016 makes me all the more determined. Determined that, once again, the people of this country will rise up and show themselves for who we are, not what we are told we have become. We are told we have become less tolerant, more divided, less welcoming, and more nationalist. As a result of this our economy has faltered, business confidence is low, the pound has sunk, and inequality has increased; our international reputation - for good governance, strong parliamentary democracy, and mature debate – is in question. Even the very existence of our hard-won “United Kingdom” now appears to be at stake in Scotland and Northern Ireland. We must stop giving succor to the lies peddled by the Tory and Labour parties. It is time to show the doom-mongers in Westminster that in Tatton, and across the country, we do not stand for intolerance, but for inclusiveness; we do not stand for division but unity; that our doors, and our minds are open, not closed; that, in short, enough is enough. And, with your support, this is what I intend to do.”

A local business representative says:

“The latest Withdrawal Agreement is a no deal Brexit through the back door. The nonsensical statement of ‘getting Brexit done’ ignores reality that Brexit will only begin on the day of leaving the EU and will occupy this country most probably for a decade. On day one of leaving the EU we fall into the ‘swamp’.

Many people seem to think that the possibility of a hard, no deal Brexit has disappeared. However, the contrary is true. The most recent Withdrawal Agreement is significantly more dangerous for UK farming and business than the previous Withdrawal Agreement under P.M. May.

The Withdrawal Agreement of the May government checked many business’ key “must have” points because there was a commitment to tariff free trade in goods and agricultural products. There was also a clear commitment to stay closely aligned to the EU’s regulatory frameworks. These are the bodies of rules and regulations that enable goods to be traded seamlessly in the EU. Without these, border checks become necessary on nearly all shipments and documents. Such checks would reduce Productivity in the UK, yet the UK is already one of the least productive economies in the OECD, falling way behind its continental rivals.

The latest withdrawal Agreement contains a statement from the government that it will seek a Free Trade Agreement with the EU and, significantly for all in business and farming, and will seek to establish the UK’s own regulatory frameworks. The significance of this latter point is not clear to most people, understandably because it is indeed complex. However, what it means is that the UK leaves one of the world’s most powerful trading blocks to establish its own regulatory frameworks. At the same time. it must continue to comply with the EU rules and regulations for all its trade with the EU without having any say on exactly those regulations. To expect other powerful trading blocks to openly embrace a UK only regulatory system is fantasy. There is no data on the positive upside of new FTAs because there is no positive upside. At the same time any new Free Trade Agreements will take many years to complete, leaving the UK in a regulatory no-man’s land. Most people talk about WTO (World Trade Organisation) rules for trade without actually knowing what the consequences would be.

If the UK leaves the EU on January the 31st 2020 according to the latest Withdrawal Agreement it will be out of the EU without knowing under which system it will trade in future. It will have only 11 months to complete a Free Trade Agreement with the EU which is a huge challenge associated with huge risk. If no Free Trade Agreement with the EU is reached then the UK will experience a no deal Brexit. The EU would have achieved its goal of an agreed departure of the UK but the UK has gained nothing and must negotiate everything from a position of weakness. The current Withdrawal Agreement is not good for business, it is anti-business with unforeseeable consequences;

So why is this important to the people of Tatton, the county of Cheshire and the broader North West Region? Agriculture will potentially be severely hit by the latest Withdrawal Agreement. Anyone working in farming or agriculture should ask their employers what their plan is. Worst case, the least efficient farms depending on CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) subsidies will cease to be viable.

Put simply, can farms survive?

Businesses in the NW are extremely nervous as the North West is highly dependent on manufacturing and energy intensive refining and production. International companies could be hit by the collapse of their just in time supply chains as border checks go up with no new UK customs system in place. There are world leading companies in the Cheshire / Greater Manchester area in chemicals, engineering, manufacturing, automotive who will all suffer under the new Withdrawal Agreement. Jobs are at risk across Tatton, Cheshire and the North West!

And the current incumbent in the constituency is voting for exactly the above: putting farming and industrial jobs at huge risk.”

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