Published — 18 October, 2019
Statement on withdrawal from European Union
I will be voting for Boris Johnson’s deal, just as I voted three times for the Withdrawal Agreement agreed by Theresa May. It has always been my view that we need to implement the result of the 2016 referendum, but that we should do so in an orderly manner that presents the greatest chance of future success for our country.
Boris’s deal is similar to the Withdrawal Agreement which I supported. There are however a few changes, such as the removal of the Irish backstop which make the deal more appealing to unionists. I hope that this will increase support across the House of Commons.
Agreeing a deal is the best way of avoiding no deal. There are some MPs who favour a closer relationship with the European Union but who say they won’t support this deal. Those MPs are pushing us towards a no deal scenario.
If there is a vote on a second referendum, I will vote no. Both the Liberal Democrat and Green party leaders have said they would not support leaving even if that was the result of a second referendum. Why then should we have a referendum if those politicians calling for a referendum will not respect the result? Some MPs have shown they support democracy only when it produces the result they want.Andrew Jones, Member of Parliament for Harrogate & Knaresborough
Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones has reacted angrily to news that Knaresborough’s last bank – the Halifax based in the Market Square – has been earmarked for closure by the banking group. The closure falls hot on the heels of other bank closures in Knaresborough including Santander, Barclays, HSBC, Yorkshire Bank and Natwest. It will leave[…]
Elections are by their nature divisive things. I like the cut and thrust of debate, the battle of ideas and the feisty hustings which are a stimulating part of our democracy. This election was no different; if anything the dividing lines between the parties and candidates were sharper than ever. So it was quite something[…]
I want to take this opportunity to wish all my constituents well for Christmas and the New Year. Now that MP’s have also been sworn in it is a good time to thank the voters across Harrogate, Knaresborough, Boroughbridge and surrounding villages which make up the Harrogate & Knaresborough constituency. It was an honour last[…]