MP to hold Brexit events in Glossop and Buxton this week
Wednesday 10th January 2018 @ 11:37 by Adam Higgins
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Ruth George is holding public meetings in Glossop and Buxton this week to gauge people’s opinions on Brexit.

The MP is keen to seek residents’ current views on Britain’s forthcoming exit from the European Union, ahead of the final debates and votes on the EU Withdrawal Bill in the House of Commons.

Ruth said: “After nine months of negotiations, there is now a lot more information available than when the EU Referendum took place on what we can and cannot hope to achieve from Brexit.

“We are now able to have far more detailed discussions on the different options for a deal and their implications, both nationally and locally.

“Some constituents are telling me that all the additional information has made them re-think their opinions.

“Some people who voted to leave the EU now regret that they did so, whilst some who voted Remain feel that now the decision is made, we need to end the uncertainty and get on with implementing Brexit.”

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She went on: “I feel it is important to hear the views of local people before I decide how to vote on any amendments at this crucial stage.

“I have therefore organised open meetings for High Peak residents and published a survey on my website.”

The public meetings, which will be chaired by the former Chief Executive of High Peak CAB Stephen Minter, will take place on the following days:

Friday 12 January, 7.30pm to 9pm at Buxton Methodist Church, Chapel Street, SK17 6HX.

Saturday 13 January, 7.30pm to 9pm at Central Methodist Church, Chapel Street, Glossop, SK13 8AT.

Mrs George is keen to hear residents’ views on the following questions. which will have a direct impact on High Peak residents and businesses:

  • Membership of the Customs Union or the implications of tariffs on our trade with the EU, and the possible benefits from securing additional trade deals.
  • How we could limit immigration from EU countries – and the impact of reciprocal arrangements on UK residents travelling or living in the EU.
  • Staying in the Single Market or possible membership of the European Economic Area.
  • Whether we would want a Transitional Arrangement after March 2019 – and if so, for how long and of what type.

The EU Withdrawal Bill will be debated in Parliament for a further two days next week, in advance of the votes in the House of Commons on the final stages of the Bill.

There is a short survey on Ruth’s website at for anyone who is unable to attend the meetings.