Eastleigh’s MP Mims Davies has spoken out in support of Prime Minister Theresa May and the draft agreement on leaving EU that is currently dividing opinion across the country and has prompted calls for a vote of ‘no confidence’ in the PM from some quarters of the Conservative party.
Appearing on BBC’s Sunday Politics show, the MP said she did not want to see a leadership contest and accused the Prime Ministers Bexiteer critics of “navel gazing.” Davies, who is also Minister for Sport, told BBC South’s Political Editor Peter Henley that she had been contacted by constituents over the weekend:
They are telling me they want us to look at the deal, they want to get a great deal but they want to move forward and see the country behind the Prime Minister.
The MP added:
Everybody’s worried about jobs, opportunities and what happens to their children and they’re their worried because the lack of a feeling that politicians are focused on that.
Peter Henley asked Davies that if the Prime Minister were to face and lose a vote of confidence in Parliament then – would it be “all over” for Brexit?
There’ll be ‘no confidence’ in any politicians if we don’t deliver on what we voted for, or at least be seen to try to deliver on Brexit and not to be seen squabbling among ourselves.
The MP also suggested that if the draft agreement was submitted then perhaps a little later there could be “wriggle room” so the agreement could be ‘slightly adjusted’ or ‘changed’.
Mims Davies fellow guest, Dr Alan Whitehead, the Labour MP for Southampton Test, said that no more than ‘half a dozen’ Labour MPs would be likely to support the proposal when it comes before Parliament and warned it was unlikely to be approved by Parliament:
This deal is a very poor deal as close as no deal as its possible to get… the fact of the matter is this deal is not going through as it is
Davies urged people to “look at the full detail” of the agreement that has been tabled and not to be “too ideological” as the proposals delivered in many areas such as civil aviation, security, and would enable short-term visas so people can live and work across Europe.
In the Referendum in June 2016, Eastleigh residents voted closely by 52% to 47% to leave the European Union while at last month’ meeting of Eastleigh Borough Council, Liberal Democrat councillors overwhelmingly backed a motion that called for a ‘People’s Vote’ on any Brexit deal.