The Tatton Liberal Democrats have written to the Tatton Conservative Association urging them to reject Theresa May's hard Brexit manifesto and instead pledge to protect the local economy by keeping Britain in the single market.
Theresa May is expected to include her Brexit negotiating priorities in the Conservative snap election manifesto in an attempt to lock all Conservative candidates into supporting a hard Brexit. These are set to include a pledge to withdraw from the single market, end the free movement of people in the EU and end the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.
Liberal Democrat parliamentary spokesperson Gareth Wilson has written to their Tatton Conservatives Chairman Don Hammond, stating they should stand by their principles and select a candidate who will stand on an alternative pro-European platform, including fighting to keep Britain in the single market and defend the right to remain for the 2000 European citizens living in Tatton.
Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Tatton commented:
"If the local Conservative party signs up to a Hard Brexit manifesto, it would go against everything people in this area believe in."
"It would show the Conservatives are not willing to stand up for our local economy or the many European citizens living here.
"This election is a chance for voters in Tatton to change the direction of our country.
"People here deserve an MP who will stand up for what they believe in, including fighting to prevent a disastrous hard Brexit and keep Britain in the single market.
"Any candidate the Tories stand must make it clear where he/she stands on what is the biggest issue of the day.
"The Liberal Democrats are united in saying we will stand up for Britain's place in Europe and to keep our country open, tolerant and united."
The open letter follows below:
It was reported this week that Theresa May will include her Brexit negotiating priorities in the Conservative snap election manifesto in an attempt to lock all Conservative candidates into supporting a hard Brexit. These are expected to include a pledge to withdraw from the Single Market, end the free movement of people in the EU and end the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.
George Osborne campaigned to Remain in the referendum and this constituency delivered a clear vote to stay in the EU. Even many of those who voted Leave in Tatton do not agree with the extreme form of Hard Brexit Theresa May has chosen, including leaving the Single Market and refusing to guarantee the rights of EU citizens living here. I therefore urge you to stick with your principles, reject May's hard Brexit manifesto and select a candidate who will represent the wishes of the local people.
If elected, will your candidate agree to use his/her position to:
- Keep Britain in the Single Market
- Defend the right to remain for European Union citizens, including the 2200 people living in Tatton
- Protect workers' rights, environmental protections and consumer rights currently enshrined in EU legislation
Voters people in Tatton voted overwhelmingly to Remain. They deserve to know who they should vote for if they want an MP who will stand up for what they believe in.
Parliamentary Candidate For Tatton