Brexit: ‘Where are we eight months on? Absolutely nowhere’

PUBLISHED: 13:00 10 February 2017

Cllr Lawrence Webb

Cllr Lawrence Webb


It’s almost a year since Havering became the first council in Britain to back the Leave campaign.

The controversial motion was proposed by Ukip councillor Lawrence Webb who originally hoped it would lead to other councils across the country following suit.

Little did he realise it would be the first of many steps that lead to the UK deciding to the leave the European Union last year.

But nearly eight months on since the momentous vote, Cllr Webb is feeling let down by the process.

“Where are we eight months on? We are absolutely nowhere,” he said.

“Article 50 could have been triggered the day after the referendum or the moment Theresa May came into power and that signals our intention to leave.

“But by delaying, Mrs May has caused this crisis with Supreme Court judgements and calls for a second referendum.”

On Wednesday, the UK took the latest step towards finally leaving after politicians voted overwhelmingly in favour of The European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill by 494 votes to 112.

The bill gives power to Mrs May to inform EU member nations of the UK’s intention to withdraw.

Despite this, Havering’s UKIP councillor holds a deep feeling of mistrust with the prime minister.

“Mrs May before the vote was telling us how remaining in the EU was the best thing for the country but now she is in charge of getting us out.

“The plan to delay and delay was part of the establishment’s approach to keep us in the EU.

“There was and still is a clear negative narrative, when it rains it’s because of Brexit and when it’s sunny, it’s despite Brexit.

Cllr Webb has also waved off any calls for a second referendum which have been proposed by the Liberal Democrats.

“I have been very disappointed with many general election results over the years but I wouldn’t ask for a second general election.

“We have a first past the post system and to leave is the will of the people.

“I have been canvassing in Stoke where many wanted to remain but even Remainers I have spoken to now want us to get on with leaving the EU.

“I am positive if we were to have a second referendum even more would vote out.”

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