'Doncaster MP doesn't deserve this negative petition'

I read with incredulity Caroline Flint's letter published in the Doncaster Free Press (September 5).

Tuesday, 20th August 2019, 1:01 pm
Updated Monday, 16th September 2019, 1:32 pm
Brexit

Throughout this whole sorry Brexit saga she has been one of only a handful of Members of Parliament to take a pragmatic and honest approach to resolving the issue of the UK's future relationship with the EU.

Although openly a "remainer" ahead of the referendum she accepted the outcome - unlike, it seems, many of her parliamentary colleagues. Just to remind your readers, Doncaster voted nearly 70% to leave the EU on a turnout of just below 70%. All Labour candidates who stood in the 2017 general election did so on a manifesto commitment to honour the result of the referendum (as indeed did the Tories).

MPs also voted by a huge majority to trigger Article 50, so paving the way for the UK to leave the EU - deal or no deal.

Since then parliament has, in my view, behaved abominably and has now descended into an embarrassing, farcical, chaotic irrelevance. And to cap it all it now looks as if it has handed decisions about our immediate future over to the Council of Ministers in Brussels so making any further concessions on the withdrawal agreement far less likely. You could not make it up!!

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I would exempt Caroline from my criticism because even as recently as last week she was reported to be attempting, with a few like minded colleagues, to re-introduce compromise measures in an attempt to break the deadlock. But as far as I can see she has not promoted the idea of supporting a "no deal" Brexit or Boris Johnson!!.

She does not deserve to have misleading petitions raised against her - particularly by a bunch of people who, it seems, are prepared ignore the express wishes of the people of Doncaster.

David Workman

Finningley, Doncaster