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Shrewsbury MP Daniel Kawczynski backs UK ‘uniqueness’ for Brexit

By Lucy Todman | Shrewsbury | News | Published:

The uniqueness of the UK will be the defining feature of the Brexit process, according to Shrewsbury’s MP.

Daniel Kawczynski

While Daniel Kawczynski accepts he has a very different approach to the UK leaving the European Union to Theresa May he has some sympathy towards her and the predicament she currently finds herself in.

Following the shock resignation of David Davis, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson earlier this week, the Brexit negotiations have been thrown into disarray.

Mr Kawczynski said: "No country in my lifetime has taken on the elites in Brussels. There have been four other referendums in Denmark, France, Holland and Ireland and in each case they have been told to vote again.

"I tell people that Brexit feels like walking through a minefield. We are creating a path with breadcrumbs for others to follow. We will not be the only country to pull out of the European Union and I believe there should be a greater level of choice. We have to have a clean Brexit because we are creating a framework for others to follow. However, this is not the Prime Minister's approach. She is far more pragmatic.

"She is juggling a huge number of balls in the air and has come up with a compromise in the Chequers Settlement.

"We now have to wait and see how the European Union respond. If we were a tiny little country with a falling population it would be very different in relation to the European Union. But we are not. We are a major partner.

"I would like to see the Prime Minister be more combative, but that is not her style and I respect her for that. I am waiting for further clarification and waiting to hear what the European Union comes back with.

"It is very easy for people to stand on the sidelines and make comment. We are a divided nation on this issue. There are still people who have not come to terms with Brexit and there are others who want no deal. It is very difficult for the Prime Minister to put together a deal which will please everybody.

“This settlement will be tweaked and it will evolve during the course of our lifetimes.”

Lucy Todman

By Lucy Todman
@shroptod

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star and Shrewsbury Chronicle based in Shrewsbury.

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