Why I will not just accept the EU Referendum result and move on.

  A number of people have written to ask why I continue to campaign against Brexit, given the decision has been made. Why, they ask, waste my time pointing out the damage that a hard Brexit will do to the UK and to our area? My concern begins with the fact that many people (not … Continue reading Why I will not just accept the EU Referendum result and move on.

“I think it is almost lemming like …”

What could be done to minimise the potential impact of Brexit on your business? Here is a selection of comments from the local business people who completed the Liberal Democrats' West Berkshire Business Brexit Survey. Businesses are not named, as many prefer to to keep their worries anonymous: (Thanks to Arranology for use of the cartoon, … Continue reading “I think it is almost lemming like …”

“The changes for our organisation might put us out of business.”

Do you believe Brexit will increase your net costs? How do you intend to deal with any increases? Here is a selection of comments from the local business people who completed the Liberal Democrats' West Berkshire Business Brexit Survey. Businesses are not named, as many prefer to to keep their worries anonymous: Do you believe Brexit will … Continue reading “The changes for our organisation might put us out of business.”

“It is the effect on access to European labour that worries us and the risk of inflation.”

If the UK does not have membership of or full access to the single market, what impact would this have on your business? Here is a selection of comments from the local business people who completed the Liberal Democrats' West Berkshire Business Brexit Survey. Businesses are not named, as many prefer to to keep their worries anonymous: … Continue reading “It is the effect on access to European labour that worries us and the risk of inflation.”

Community Counts

LOCAL NEWS: West Berkshire Council is run by a Conservative majority. Newbury constituency is represented by a Conservative MP. The time has come to resist in practical terms the brutal cuts being made to our services, facilities and support for young people and children that are being made in Westminster and managed so inefficiently by … Continue reading Community Counts

MP should stick with Remain position

Dear Editor,   I write in response to DS Staples’ letter [NWN 1st December] and criticisms he made there regarding my disappointment about our MP’s failure to represent local views.   According to the House of Common’s members’ Handbook, MPs “have a general duty to act in the interests of the nation as a whole” … Continue reading MP should stick with Remain position

Brexit Briefings 4 – Freedom of Movement

In his fourth Brexit Challenge paper, Nick Clegg sets out the challenges facing the Government on Freedom of Movement. In Lord Ashcroft’s analysis, one third (33%) of Leave voters said the main reason was that leaving “offered the best chance for the UK to regain control over immigration and its own borders.”   The free … Continue reading Brexit Briefings 4 – Freedom of Movement

Thatcham Festival

  Congratulations to everyone involved with the @ThatchamFestival event on Thatcham Broadway yesterday. We were blessed with great weather and a terrific turnout. On the Thatcham Liberal Democrats stall, we were inviting people to take part in a local Residents' Survey. If you live in Thatcham and would like to take part or have views to … Continue reading Thatcham Festival