LETTER: ‘Hoping MPs will use their own judgement’

Anna Soubry MP (Conservative, Broxstowe), whom I admire for her courage in standing up to the Tory Brexiters, has said that “the majority of MPs, mindful of the EU referendum result in their area, would vote in favour of invoking Article 50.”

I fear that Ms Soubry is mistaken.

First, the referendum was advisory. No MP has to take the advice that the referendum offered.

Second, MPs are elected and paid to exercise their judgement. They are not elected and paid to carry out the ‘decisions’ of the electorates in their constituencies.

Third, the referendum results were not the same everywhere. My MP’s constituency of South East Cambridgeshire consists of part of East Cambridgeshire District (the electors of which voted to Leave by 24,487 to 23,599 and where there was a 77.07 per cent turnout) and part of South Cambridgeshire District (the electors of which voted to Remain by 56,128 to 30,061 and where there was a turnout of 81.22 per cent).


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So, noting Ms Soubry’s point, does Lucy Frazer MP (Conservative, South East Cambridgeshire) vote in favour of invoking Article 50, mindful of the referendum result from East Cambridgeshire District, or against invoking Article 50, mindful of the referendum result from South Cambridgeshire District? Or does she do as I would prefer, which is to exercise her judgement? As Ms Frazer has said that she herself voted to Remain I hope very much that the balance of her judgement, not only as my MP but also as an eminent legal eagle from London, is that she will vote against invoking Article 50. But the problem with that is the Conservative Whips.

It is my opinion and my hope that Ms Frazer’s judgement is that she will tell the Conservative Whips that her judgement over-rides their whipping.

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