On Wednesday 5th September Conservative Voice was delighted to host our 21st ‘In the Hot Seat’ event with The Rt Hon David Davis MP as our guest.
In an outstanding session which ended with lengthy and loud applause, the former Brexit Secretary explained why he voted for the UK to leave the EU and his reasons for resigning from the Cabinet, before answering guests’ questions for over an hour.
David described how the Chequers proposal has shifted the UK’s Brexit negotiating position away from what is achievable and what is necessary for a successful Brexit. He also explained the harm that the so-called UK-EU ‘Common Rulebook’ could do to British businesses, the unworkable nature of the proposed customs arrangements and the simple, practical steps that would resolve the Irish border issue.
Responding to recent claims that the UK could seek temporary membership of the EEA, David pointed out that EEA membership would mean continued free movement and therefore a “devastating erosion” of the Conservative vote at the next election, with UKIP likely to be the main beneficiary.
As always, David showed that his calm, informed and optimistic voice on Brexit and all other affairs of state will be sorely missed around the Cabinet table. Conservative Voice extends its sincere thanks to David for giving up his time and sharing his thoughts with our followers.
For those of you attending the party conference, we will be hosting two further exciting Hot Seat events. The first will be a drinks reception on Sunday 1st October at 21:00, when one of our founding MP’s, Secretary of State for International Trade Dr Liam Fox MP will be speaking to us. The second will take place at 15:45 and will be hosted by Witham MP and Brexit campaigner, Priti Patel MP, who will be speaking about what the Chequers proposals mean for Britain. We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.