Ross Shipman’s Letter to Lee Rowley

Dear Lee,

I am writing to you today to ask if you will rule out a damaging no-deal Brexit in December 2020 which would be disastrous for our local community.

The Brexit plan that your Party has proposed would require the completion of a Free Trade Agreement before the end of 2020 unless the UK asks for an extension. It is clear from your manifesto that the Tories will not seek an extension of the transition period in December 2020, despite overwhelming evidence from trade experts showing that it will be nearly impossible to secure a deal in that time-frame.

By signing up to such an arbitrary, unrealistic deadline, you are personally setting up the UK to crash out of the EU without a deal at the end of next year.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies has predicted that the UK crashing out of the EU would mean a £231 billion hit to our public finances over the next five years, equivalent to £8,000 a household. It also means another year of uncertainty for businesses in North East Derbyshire, costing jobs and prosperity in our area.

You have said you are prepared to sign up to Boris Johnson’s deal, despite his decision to abandon legal commitments to maintain alignment with EU regulation protecting the environment and workers’ rights, and the significant additional burdens it places on businesses trading with the EU. However, given the commitments in your manifesto not to extend the negotiation deadline, it now appears you are also content to see the UK crash out of the EU without a deal. You and I both know that this is unacceptable.

So, I am asking you today to unequivocally reject a no-deal Brexit, and to commit to not voting for any plan that would allow the continued risk of such severe economic damage to North East Derbyshire.

The people of North East Derbyshire deserve better.

Best regards,

Ross

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