Lord Beith discusses Brexit
A group from Angels for Europe (Northumberland), campaigning to stay in Europe and for a second referendum once the deal is known, met Lord Alan Beith, former MP for Berwick.
Baroness Diana Maddock joined the discussions to consider the procedure of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill through the House of Lords.
Lord Beith pointed out that there is much support to remain in the EU in the House of Lords.
The EU (Withdrawal) Bill is reaching the Committee stage this week and will continue until Easter.
Both Alan and his wife Diana said they would be campaigning on behalf of the North East and would stress the threat to jobs and the importance of the Single Market. They identified agriculture and fisheries, the pharmaceutical industry, the car industry, train manufacture and hospitality as all areas of concern, as are the NHS workforce and the university.
The two universities are two of the major employers in Newcastle and thus so important for jobs and EU research funding.
It is Sir Alan’s belief that a bad deal with the EU will hit the North East economy and employment badly and he will be calling for trade into a Single Market on the same terms as we have now.
Since the meeting with Lord Alan Beith and Baroness Diana Maddock, letters from Angels for Europe have been sent to various NE members of the House of Lords asking for a second referendum with an option to Remain. Several have responded, encouraging Angels in their campaigning to that end.