Read Caroline Flint's reply to an open letter from Frederika Roberts, spokesperson for Best for Doncaster, the campaign for a second EU referendum.
Dear Ms Roberts
I was disappointed to see you publish an open letter on Facebook on 24 October claiming that I haven’t replied to your emails. I have therefore published this reply.
Perhaps you may recall that I wrote to you in November 2016 about the triggering of Article 50. I also wrote to you in September 2017 about the commitments I made at the election. I wrote to you about EU citizen’s rights in December 2017. Finally, I wrote to you in January 2018 about Amendment 7 of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill - the meaningful vote.
Indeed, just in case these slipped your mind, I thought you might have known that I have corresponded with three other members of your family.
I also reminded you that you can follow my views on Brexit on my website. It is disingenuous to suggest that I ignore you because you are a European citizen and not able to vote in general elections.
In relation to your recent “invitation” on 21 October:
- No. I did not wish to join a People’s Vote stunt held in another constituency.
- No, I do not appreciate three people demonstrating outside my constituency office, raising concerns for my staff.
- No, I do not agree with your latest email in which you suggest my constituents who voted Leave are ‘Turkeys that voted for Christmas’. That is frankly an insult to people who simply took a different view during the referendum from you (and I).
I campaigned for Remain for months during the 2016 referendum, but I do not recall meeting you.
Since the referendum, I fought a general election where my party promised to accept the outcome of the 2016 vote. I will continue to honour the pledges I made at the 2017 general election. I do not believe that a Second Referendum is the answer. I want to represent both Leave and Remain voters and bring people together. A second referendum would drive people apart and not resolve our relationship with Europe.
In your letter, you refer to disastrous a No Deal Brexit would be. On that we agree. I believe the UK can achieve a deal that provides certainty for businesses; protects your rights as an EU citizen and maintains peace in Northern Ireland.
I hope you can accept that.
Rt Hon Caroline Flint MP
Labour Member of Parliament for Don Valley
Westminster: House of Commons London SW1A 0AA. 020 7219 4407