Which of Norfolk’s MPs have changed their minds over Brexit?
PUBLISHED: 14:23 16 October 2017
Prime minister Theresa May dodged the question but South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss proudly admitted she had changed her mind.
But what about the rest of Norfolk’s MPs? Have they done a U-turn on Brexit?
Only Sir Henry Bellingham, North West Norfolk, and Richard Bacon, South Norfolk, campaigned for Leave during the referendum.
But a study conducted by the University of East Anglia – which estimated how parliamentary constituencies voted on Brexit – showed only Norwich South backed staying in the EU. This has prompted much soul searching as the majority of Norfolk’s MPs have found themselves disagreeing with their constituents on the biggest political decision in a generation.
In a radio interview Mrs May, who voted to stay in the EU, refused to say if she would change her vote. Her answer angered some who believe the PM should be fully behind quitting Europe.
Chief secretary to the Treasury Ms Truss was quick to back Brexit when she was asked saying the economic warnings given by the Remain campaign have not proved to be correct.
Tory MPs George Freeman, Mid Norfolk, Chloe Smith, Norwich North, Peter Aldous, Waveney, and Great Yarmouth’s Brandon Lewis also now believe the focus should on a successful Brexit.
Mr Freeman said: “My job is now to work hard to try and ensure Brexit doesn’t do what I feared which was to make us all poorer, deepen austerity and make Britain an insular little UKIP England with its back to the world. That’s what I’m focussed on so that Brexit comes to be an inspiring moment of renewal we all look back on with pride.”
Mr Aldous added: “I respect the vote that happened and we should concentrate on making it a success.”
However Broadland Tory MP Keith Simpson said he would not change his vote as did North Norfolk Liberal Democrat Norman Lamb who added: “I have deep criticisms of the EU and believe it needs fundamental reform to make it more dynamic, flexible and less centralised. But I felt and still feel that it’s better to fight for change from within. I voted remain but I am a democrat and I believe we have a duty to try to make Brexit work.”
Labour’s Norwich South MP Clive remains a vocal advocate of remaining in the EU.