Solihull Lib Dems Cllr Ade Adeyemo and Laura McCarthy have signed an open letter from senior West Midlands Liberal Democrats to Solihull and Meriden MPs on the Internal Market Bill.
The Internal Market Bill was carried last night by 340 votes to 263, despite concerns that it breaches international law. Both Solihull MP Julian Knight and Meriden MP Saqib Bhatti voted with the government.
Prior to the vote senior Liberal Democrats in the West Midlands signed an open letter organised by Dr David Nicholl, Parliamentary Spokesperson for Bromsgrove, urging Conservative MPs in the region to vote against the bill. This was also sent directly to our Solihull and Meriden MPs.
Full text is as follows:
An open letter to all West Midlands Conservative MPs from West Midlands Liberal Democrats:
As you know, we have now left the European Union, following the Withdrawal Agreement that you and your party campaigned for and which was signed for by the Prime Minister. Thus, we read with dismay, that the Conservative government is planning to break international law. It is just not acceptable for a government minister to argue that the UK could break international law in a “very specific and limited way”. Nor is it acceptable for our Prime Minister to argue for the Withdrawal Agreement to be rewritten, when he fought for it, campaigned for it (with your support) and signed it.
Our concerns are also shared by many others, including former Conservative leaders, such as Sir John Major, William Hague, Theresa May and Michael Howard, all of whom have warned that the proposed Internal Market Bill, will threaten the UK’s reputation internationally, as well as risking the basis of the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland. This erosion of trust with our international partners will threaten the very trade deals that you promised “100%” would be sorted by the end of this year. Indeed, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi has warned that Britain will be unable to secure a trade deal with the US if it does anything to undermine the treaty that brought peace to Northern Ireland after decades of violence.
You may be our political opponents, but all the voters of the West Midlands are looking to you to respect your electoral promises and the basis of our international agreements, especially as this country faces the twin challenges of Brexit and COVID19. The rule of law is paramount, the voters of the West Midlands should expect no less- supporting this legislation will seriously damage both the UK and the West Midlands reputation. It will weaken the UK’s ability to hold other states to account for their flaunting of international law, such as China, Iran or Russia.
We hope that you will agree with your former leader and Brexiteer, Lord Howard in opposing this legislation: “We have a reputation for probity, for upholding the rule of law”
Dr David Nicholl, Liberal Democrat parliamentary spokesperson for Bromsgrove & Spokesperson for Health in the West Midlands
David Craddock, Chair of West Midlands Liberal Democrats
Nukey Proctor, Vice-chair of the West Midlands Liberal Democrats
Jennifer Gray, Regional Candidates Chair, West Midlands Liberal Democrats
Councillor Roger Harmer, Deputy Leader, Liberal Democrat Group, Birmingham City Council
Alec Sandiford, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Stafford and Stone & Vice chair
Jenny Wilkinson, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Sutton Coldfield
Councillor Laura McCarthy, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Meriden, Deputy Leader of Liberal Democrat Group on Solihull Council
Councillor Ade Adeyemo, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Solihull, Leader of Liberal Democrat Group on Solihull Council
Margaret Rowley, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Mid Worcestershire
Phillip Howells, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Herefordshire North
Izzy Knowles Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Birmingham Hall Green
Richard Whelan Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for North Warwickshire
Ryan Priest Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Halesowen and Rowley Regis
Cllr Richard Dickson, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Kenilworth and Southam
Lee Dargue, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Birmingham Ladywood
Dominic Skinner, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Stratford-Upon-Avon
Helen Morgan, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for North Shropshire