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Andrew Jones votes for no-deal Brexit

15th March 2019

Andrew Jones MP
Andrew Jones MP, by Highways England, Flickr, Licence CC BY 2.0

On Wednesday 13th March 2019, Harrogate & Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones voted for a no-deal Brexit.

He supported the Malthouse amendment, which proposed seeking an extension of Article 50 until 22nd May 2019, then leaving the EU without a deal. Other supporters of this version of no-deal Brexit were European Research Group members Steve Baker, Jacob Rees-Mogg, and Iain Duncan Smith, as well as all 10 DUP MPs.

'We are all now implementers'

In a video on 5th January 2019, Jones calls himself a remainer, but that is difficult to square with his vote in Parliament on 13th March. 'We are all now implementers,' he says in the video. What then is the difference between Andrew Jones and a UKIP politician? He's trying to dine out on having being a remainer in 2016, while his actions in 2019 show him to be an extreme leaver.

He claims that there is a consensus that we must set our immigration policy, not receive any EU laws, and stop paying EU membership fees. If he believes there is consensus on this or any other aspect of Brexit, he is wrong. It appears to be part of a Conservative policy/propaganda strategy of claiming that 'the British people' all think the same thing. This involves pretending that remainers do not exist.

It's plainly not true that 'the people' all think the same thing, and it is one of the main reasons why many of them are so furious with Theresa May, and a Conservative Party that has ripped the UK apart over the last 3 years, and still puts its own party interests ahead of the national interest.

Effects of a no-deal Brexit

A no-deal Brexit is likely to cause food shortages; according to the British Medical Association, it would have a catastrophic impact on the nation's health; and it would cause a profound crisis for the UK's farmers. The government's own figures show that Brexit will damage the UK economy, but the damage will be much worse in the case of a no-deal Brexit, with the economy 9.3% smaller than if we remained in the EU.

In the EU Referendum in 2016, Harrogate voted to remain.

Andrew Jones's voting record includes voting against measures to combat climate change, and voting in favour of killing badgers.

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