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Crawley MP asks Prime Minister to confirm if she will rule out a delay of Brexit

In Prime Ministers Questions yesterday, Henry Smith MP took a stand and asked Theresa May to clarify the governments position.

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Taking a dig at the recent overheard conversation within a bar from a the PM’s chief negotiator, Crawley MP Henry Smith yesterday in PMQ’s asked the PM to confirm her position over and planned request for a delay on Brexit.

Mr Smith said:

“Not withstanding Brussels bar room chatter, will the Prime Minister rule out a delay of Brexit beyond March 29th?”

He then went on to also ask:

“Will she also rule out a future customs union arrangement which would prevent us doing those global trade deals which the Bank of England governor says is a potential golden age of trade?”

It was a very direct series of questions considering how explosive the ‘overheard’ comments had been across the media.

The Prime Minister responded saying:

“The governments been very clear that we want to have that independent trade policy.

I’m grateful that he asked me that question rather than relying on what someone said to someone else as overheard by someone else in a bar.

It’s very clear, the governments position is the same, we triggered article 50, in-fact this house voted to trigger Article 50, that had a 2 year timeline, that ends on the 29th March, we want to end with a deal and that’s what we are working for.”

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Crawley MP welcomes almost £800k investment tackling potholes

Henry Smith MP has welcomed the new funding commitment from the Government to improve the condition of roads across the country – £771,759 will be provided to tackle pot holes in West Sussex.

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This funding has been announced by the Department for Transport as part of a £200 million investment, including £50 million that will be provided directly to councils to address winter damage and flood resilience, as well as £151 million to reward examples of councils’ best practice – helping councils to invest in innovative technology that will improve the conditions of our roads.

Henry said;

“This new funding to tackle potholes and improve the condition of our roads is great news for businesses and people in Crawley who rely on the highway to get to work as well as to visit friends and family.

“This continued focus on improving transport infrastructure across the country will help boost the local economy and helping hard-working people in Crawley.”

This funding has been allocated to councils across the country, including in West Sussex, and is part of the £6.6 billion the Government is providing in the six years to 2021 to improve the state of roads across the country.

The Government are investing in our roads on an unprecedented scale, providing the biggest ever single cash injection to improve England’s roads, investing £29 billion to boost the local economy and help businesses and families reach their destination faster.

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