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Lichfield and Burntwood MP says Theresa May’s Brexit deal would dash dream of “a global trading Britain”

Lichfield and Burntwood’s MP says he cannot back Theresa May’s Brexit proposal as it would dash his hopes for a “global trading Britain”.

MPs will vote tomorrow (15th January) on whether to back the Prime Minister’s Withdrawal Agreement.

Conservative MP Michael Fabricant is among those who say they will not support the party’s leader on the issue.

Michael Fabricant
Michael Fabricant

In an article in the Daily Telegraph, the MP said doubts cast on the deal by potential trading partners such as the United States meant that the agreement was not an acceptable one.

His comments come after Woody Johnson, the US ambassador to the UK, said it didn’t appeal possible that a trading deal could be agreed if Theresa May’s deal went ahead. Similar concerns have also been raised by the former Australian High Commissioner to the UK.

Mr Fabricant said: “My dream of a global trading Britain with the brightest of futures would be dashed if the Withdrawal Agreement were passed. 

“That’s why I cannot vote for it.

“That first great English global trader and privateer, Sir Walter Raleigh, would be turning over in his grave.”

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  1. Asellus aquaticus

    14th January, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    “…privateer…” A person (or ship) that engages in maritime warfare under a commission of war. Often regarded as a pirate.

    That’s an interesting descriptor Mr Fabricant chose to use for his champion. Perhaps he didn’t know what that word meant either.

  2. Chris

    14th January, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    Do you think if Raleigh were turning in his grave his head and body would turn together or independently, perhaps in different directions?

  3. stop brexit now

    14th January, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    this is nonsense, how on earth is he the MP. we trade globally now, lots of it supported by deals we struck as part of the EU. All that would be gone and we would be trading on massively unfavourable terms for years. There are big questions on who is suitable to be an elected representative – he is not

  4. John Griffin

    14th January, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    We have a massive global deal, called Remain. The only global deals open otherwise are at the behest of the EU or as a satellite of Trump’s USA. Fabricant is a fabricator alright, of fantasy.

  5. Andrew Steed

    15th January, 2019 at 2:33 am

    I believe that Sir Walter Raleigh died in 1618. I presume that Mr Fabricant has the intelligence to realise that the complexities and specifics of global trade have changed rather considerably in 400 years.

  6. Nodge

    15th January, 2019 at 9:39 am

    I’d like to see Raleigh’s reaction to Fabricant’s Twitter feed #LOL #TWANK

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