Local Party Speaks Out on "Brexit" Coverage

Bournemouth Liberal Democrats are angry at local press coverage of Theresa May's announcement on her strategy for leaving the European Union.

The Bournemouth Echo's article "Leaving single market ‘will be good for Dorset’, says Brexiteer businessman" (18/01/17), included quotes from local Conservative MPs and a prominent pro-Brexit supporter but failed to consider any alternative points of view or the potential negative aspects of the Prime Minister's "Brexit" announcements.

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They ignored the fact that, according to polls, 90% of voters actually recognise the value of the single market to British business and want to remian a part of it. The Echo also failed to note that Theresa May's insistence on taking us out of the single market before she even reaches the negotiating table will almost certainly have a detrimental impact on Bournemouth's economy, as well as the UK as a whole. The business community rightly wants certainty, but we now find ourselves further away from that than ever. 

What Bournemouth needs now is a vocal and effective opposition to stand up for the best interests of the town, rather than the cosy club of two local Conservative MPs who would rather toe the party line and a Conservative Council with no effective opposition. Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party have all but capitulated to the Government on Brexit, leaving the Liberal Democrats the only party providing this opposition and standing up for what's best for Bournemouth. 



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  • commented 2017-01-19 11:18:49 +0000
    In our democracy it is the job of parliament to steer the country by debate, through the decision making processes invested which will undoubtedly have a large effect on the future well being of the society, voted it into that position of control. Parliament, invested in those powers, should therefore have total control and the final say in agreeing, rejecting or modifying the outcome of the upcoming negotiations; this is why they are in that position, it’s their job. The results of the referendum, interpreted however one wishes, were borne of the personal preferences of the individuals comprising that same society, led by their representing parliament. Their individual circumstance and ensuing decisions in the referendum cannot be allowed to overrule the rule of parliament; or we have lost our democracy and, therefore , our control of our own country. The popular press, controlled by the international media moguls have had a large part to play in all of this, as have the biased and from both camps, ill conceived campaigns and debates, filled with salacious falsehood, leading up to the referendum. They must not be allowed to further damage my country, its currency and the basis upon which its wealth is created, beyond what has already happened: And all this before the implimentation of Article 50.