MP quizzed over future Brexit deals

Matt Warman.
Matt Warman.

Boston and SkegnessMP Matt Warman has faced a grilling over ‘What happens now?’ after Brexit.

The MP invited members of the public to a meeting at the Revue Bar, in Blackfriars Theatre on Friday.

Mr Warman said he was holding meetings like this to try and look at what people wanted out of negotiations.

He told those attending that he wanted to ‘face the future with optimism’ and that there was ‘already a lot going on’.

He opened up by talking about the chances of a second referendum.

He said: “I wouldn’t worry about that. It is very clear that we voted to leave. Campaigners on both sides said things you can dispute, but ultimately it was for the people to assess who was telling the truth.

“The vote was a clear enough majority for us to say that is the decision.

“The last thing we want to do is create the instability that [a second vote] would cause.”

Mr Warman was then challenged on when Article 50 – official notice of withdrawal from the EU – could be triggered. Mr Warman said he believed it would be by the end of this year if not January 1 next year.

However, he said he felt that he did not want to ‘rush to trigger’ at the expense of ‘getting the best possible deal’.

The process would then take two years.

Boston UKIP leader Brian Rush challenged Mr Warman as to whether his personal vote to leave affected his ability to represent his contituency - which Mr Warman denied.

He said there was no doubt in his mind that Boston, and Lincolnshire, would vote out – and said that had it been a parliamentary vote instead of everyone having a singlevotehe would have voted to leave.

He said he ‘absolutely thought Britain could thrive outside the EU.

He added: “What I can say is I was being honest when I thought something different to my constituents.”

Mr Warman was also asked about farming subsidies, how trade deals will be negotiated, and how it would affect immigration.