Letters: Derek Thomas - TAC

Responding to my MP's request as to why I wanted him to vote against the Trade and Cooperation Agreement.

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Letters: Responding to Derek Thomas' request for why I asked him to vote against the Trade and Cooperation Agreement

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On the morning of the day when Parliament was due to vote on the third and final reading of the EU/UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, I used Write To Them to request my local MP, Derek Thomas, to vote against it. I kept the letter very short:

Dear Derek Thomas,

I lent you my vote in 2019 on the basis that you were the only candidate in the constituency that supported 'Getting Brexit Done'. Well done on that front. I had little hope, though, that any future trade agreement would be acceptable, and so it has transpired.

I'll keep this brief.

I want you to vote AGAINST the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Tris Stock

Mr Thomas has, in the past, been sporadic in his responses, but this time, I received a timely response; albeit after the vote had been conducted.

Dear Tris

Thank you for your email. I voted for the agreement as it is generally a good outcome for the UK (other than for fishing).

Can you please let me know why you preferred me to vote against it? I am genuinely wanting to know.

Kind regards,

Derek Thomas MP
For West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (St Ives)

So, here@s my response:

Dear Derek,

Thank you for the prompt response, albeit 49 minutes after you had voted 'Aye' to the EU/UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement Bill I asked you to vote 'No' to.

You asked me to let you know why I preferred you to vote against it. Here is my reasoning:

  • It breaks a manifesto promise - On page 5 of the 2019 Conservative Manifesto, it states "This future relationship will be one that allows us to:... Ensure we are in full control of our fishing waters." You yourself all but concede this is a breach of mandate, and as someone representing a coastal constituency with the UK's sixth largest fishing port by value [source],

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