MP Robert Halfon on Brexit: “It is really hard to know what is going to happen”

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has reflected on the crisis that engulfs his own party under the leadership of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

YH caught up with the MP on Saturday morning and quizzed him on a number of issues relating to the particular political climate.

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10 Responses to "MP Robert Halfon on Brexit: “It is really hard to know what is going to happen”"

  1. Gary   September 8, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    No responses so far: I wonder why? I could have a guess and be close but then the comment wouldn’t, I suspect, pass muster with the editor of this organ.

  2. TiredofFailedpolitcalnorms   September 8, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    Well where to start, I’ll be honest so angry am I at this snivelling attempt of self justification that I’m finding it difficult to write this without having incurring some form or censorship. I will nonetheless try my best.. Firstly NO Deal WILL be a DISASTER for the UK . Get that in your head. FACT!! That the opposition , Liberals AND eminent members of your Own party are saying this reflects the fact that You , Boris and his unelected muppet Cummings CANNOT AND SHOULD NOT SIMPLY DISMISS THIS view ( your arrogance is unbelievable) . The reluctance of the opposition to go to an Election is because NOBODY trusts Boris/ Cummings … and you are a fool if you do. They will drag the country into a no deal by shifting the date of the election … you .. I .. his brother and most recently a resigning Cabinet minister know this to be the case. You appear moe interested in preserving your own political career than doing what’s best for the country (c.f. How did sucking up to Osbourne work out for you?? ) We DONT TRUST BORIS. On the matter of the the treatment of your erstwhile party colleagues.!They say a civilisation can be judged by how it treats it elders.. well the way the Conservatives have treated theirs Says it all. SHAME ON YOU!! The part of the interview where you say you are wishing for a green and pleasant land, is sickening after the debacle of Terminus house and the impact it has had on the town YOU purport to serve , total and utter hypocrisy. I could go on , but my contempt may overwhelm me … suffice it to say .. like Labour I have NO faith in you or your party’s political vision or moral compasses.. People of Harlow you deserve better and hopefully , soon you’ll have an opportunity to get better.. please please take it.. and get rid of these incompetent purveyors of chaos..

  3. RayMo   September 8, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    I voted OUT & I want OUT.

  4. durcant   September 9, 2019 at 7:00 am

    I feel the MP is being unfair to local businesses.
    Let’s be honest we’re all sick and tired about this issue.
    As the cabinet member for Economic growth am told by many business leaders that if were leaving we need a deal.
    Otherwise we simply don’t know what will happen.
    It feels like growth is slowing down.
    It’s in everyone best interest to find a solution.
    Equally we must secure and protect the good Friday agreement as I have friends and family both in the north and in the south of Ireland.
    They are very worried about having the introduction of a hard boarder.
    We need sensible people leading this and sadly I don’t feel confident we have that currently.

  5. jarrett   September 9, 2019 at 9:47 am

    TFP, calm down you may have a stroke, but at least sideshow bob did not use his favourite line about hardworking families.
    Ray mo and i both voted for the same reason which was to get out not some fudge of half in half out and i share some of your frustration as an ex lifelong tory voter but as for voting for the tramp called Corbyn i would sooner stick pins in my eyes, i would like to see the tories have an alliance with the brexit party, Farage has offered it but i doubt Johnson would take it but if it happened Labour would be losing seats all over the place especially the northern industrial areas where they want out, interesting times we live in but i do not hold out much hope for the Tories to deliver.

  6. kthe5   September 9, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    “not some fudge of half in half out”
    Would that be the Norway model as advocated by Farage in 2016? And advocated by RH but not any more for some reason? It’s in his voting record.

    “I voted OUT & I want OUT.”
    Did you vote to disrupt cancer trials that could save lives? No, this isn’t “project fear”, it’s from th ICR, April 2019. Just one of the many consequences of no deal. It’s not just cows in Ireland that are at issue, it’s real peoples lives.

    From the interview above, RH says that the government wants a General Election NOW!! in the interests of “democracy”. I wonder how proroguing parliament at a time of great national importance helps democracy? If Boris actually does get some sort of agreement, will RH support it going to a second (third) referendum – “to offer the public a voice on what the deal looks like”, to quote Dominic Cummings?

    “Labour would be losing seats all over the place”
    Probably true in some places, but so would the Tories. Some polling today shows the Tories at 295-300 seats, losing in London, South West and Scotland.

    From a few minutes ago (at time of writing), from “the tramp” –
    “The house has rejected no deal, businesses and trade unions are united in rejecting no deal, and there is no majority for it across the country.

    The Chancellor of Duchy of Lancaster [Michael Gove], the co-convenor of the vote leave campaign, said in March this year ‘we didn’t vote to leave without a deal. It is clear there is no mandate for no deal.

    In trying to diminish the act, the government’s spin doctors have branded it the surrender bill and ministers dutifully trotted out this phrase in the media and the minister who’s going to reply has already replied like Pavlov’s dogs always do.

    We are not at war. The prime minister is obsessed with this hyperbole and aggressive language. ‘surrender bill’, ‘do or die’, or ‘I’d rather be dead in a ditch’, the list goes on. Mr Speaker, we’re supposed to be having negotiations with our European partners. The lives at stake as a result of all of this, are not those of the prime minister or his cabinet.”

  7. Gary   September 10, 2019 at 7:42 am

    In a playground full of unruly children who couldn’t match the mendacious and corrupt “children” on the Tory benches in the House of Commons.

    The adults in the room like Bercow and Corbyn just smiled at the pathetic behaviour and murmured “and the electorate voted for these prats”.

    So here it is: A PM who likes to play games with the lives of the electorate with unfunded “promises” and no deal chaos. If they vote for them again then expect more of the same.

  8. jarrett   September 10, 2019 at 11:24 am

    KTH, Rh will keep his down as always in the hope of a better job and as for children on the tory benches if you watched the debate it was ALL parties not just the tories hence the reason i will never again vote for liblabcon, you may not have noticed but good news from the ons today and i copy and paste New jobs figures released today by the ONS show average pay leaping to a growth rate of 4% in the last year, the fastest increase in over a decade, and twice the rate of inflation. Unemployment continues to tumble, seeing its lowest levels in 45 years, and the last year saw over 300,000 more full time jobs than a year ago.
    Note the words average pay, that is what people get in return for doing work, yes i know some cannot work because of disabilities etc and before you start preaching about the evil tories and UC i have a family member receiving it and they state it is pointless doing overtime as they stop it from the UC so hardly an incentive to better yourself, politicians now are a joke and the world must be laughing at us.
    Only one person entered Parliament with good intent and we celebrate that on November 5th

  9. MickyB77   September 10, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    it appears that you’re the only one sticking to the point, ” out is out ” .
    You would think that most of these previous comments came from people who either didn’t bother to vote, or voted non. Such vehemence and under-tone
    is typical of lefty losers.
    Before EU, we had the Commonwealth to trade with and even though we
    dumped them, out of hand, they will be more than happy to re-new trading
    with us.
    They need us, more than we need them, ask Mercedes.
    By the way, durcant, you need some education in grammar, and certainly

  10. kthe5   September 10, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    Hi Jarret
    “you may not have noticed but good news from the ons today”
    Yes I did notice, but not all good news :
    “The ONS said the number of job adverts posted by companies had been falling in consecutive months since earlier this year, ending a period of steady growth that began in 2012. Economists said the decline in vacancies was the fastest for more than eight years, pointing to a sharper easing in the jobs market than the figures for wage growth might suggest.”

    Also from the ONS:
    “Despite faster recent pay rises, the average worker in Britain still earns less than they did a decade ago after inflation. An average total pay packet is now worth £502 per week, compared with a peak of £525 in February 2008.”

    “and the last year saw over 300,000 more full time jobs than a year ago.”
    I read slightly different:
    “In a sign of growing caution among employers as the world economy slows and the Brexit turmoil in Westminster, the number of job vacancies fell to 812,000, the lowest level since the end of 2017.”

    The BBC quotes Samuel Tombs, chief UK economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, said: “The renewed fall in the unemployment rate distracts from an otherwise troubling labour market report. “

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