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Itchen MP changes his mind on Brexit Deal - refuses to allow constituents to do the same

March 27, 2019 12:45 PM
By Southampton Liberal Democrats

Royston Smith MP has dramatically reversed his previous decision on Brexit and has now opted to support Prime Minister Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement - a deal he once described as leaving the UK "worse off than being in the EU".

Smith also stated that "The current Withdrawal Agreement hands over our sovereignty to the EU without either a definite end or an ability to withdraw unilaterally."

The Withdrawal Agreement has not changed since Smith issued that statement.

The deal, which has already been rejected by Parliament TWICE (by a record-breaking 230 votes), is unlikely to pass at the third time of asking - even with MPs like Smith switching sides.

In today's statement, the MP for Southampton Itchen says - without a hint of irony - that he himself has voted down the Withdrawal Agreement TWICE, but has changed his mind and would now vote to support his beleaguered Government.
Olivia Reed
Bitterne Spokesperson Olivia Reed comments:

"Of course, he is free to change his mind on Brexit. Hundreds of thousands of people in the UK have too.

"Unfortunately for those people, Smith and his ilk refuse to countenance giving us a People's Vote.

"It's one rule for them, and another for us."

Over a million people marched against Brexit in central London on Saturday. Almost six million people have signed a petition to have the Article 50 notification revoked. 55% of voters would now vote to remain in the EU, enjoying all the benefits associated with our membership.

The 'will of the people' has changed, but MPs from both the Conservatives and Labour refuse to listen.

Rob NaishPeartree Spokesperson Rob Naish adds:

"For Smith to vote for a course of action that he himself has acknowledged is worse than remaining a member of the EU is a damning indictment of his priorities as an MP.

"He is clearly less concerned with the wellbeing and prosperity of the people he claims to represent, and more concerned with propping up his ailing party leader, and serving his quasi-religious pursuit of Brexit At All Costs.

"Voters in Southampton Itchen deserve better. And with a majority of only 31, I'm sure he'll understand when many of them 'change their minds' at the next General Election."

Richard BlackmanBassett Spokesperson and Chair of Southampton Liberal Democrats Richard Blackman says:

"Apparently it's fine for the likes of Smith and his colleagues to change their minds at the third time of asking, but to allow his constituents the opportunity to vote again would somehow be antidemocratic.

"The people I speak to are waking up to the lies told by the Leave campaign, and the damage Brexit is doing to our country.

"Far from wanting MPs to 'just get on with it', as so many Brexiters now claim, the mood on the doorstep is very much 'how do we put a stop to Brexit'."

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