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VIDEO: Crawley MP takes Post Office proposed move to House Of Commons

Earlier today in the House of Commons, Henry Smith MP questioned proposals put forward by the Post Office to relocate its Crawley site, on The Boulevard in the town centre, to WHSmith in County Mall.

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Henry said;

“I share the concerns put to me by fellow Crawley residents about Post Office’s proposals to move their counters based on The Boulevard, and I’ve already taken part in their consultation<https://www.postofficeviews.co.uk/national-consultation-team/crawley-rh10-1aa-007912/> to formally put these to them directly.

“Access to new Post Office counters at WHSmith would affect those with mobility issues as County Mall has no free disabled parking spaces.

“Royal Mail – which is a separate organisation from Post Office Ltd – own The Boulevard site and after consulting with them they have no plans to leave the existing premises or close their sorting facility there. Therefore I see little practical sense in Post Office moving their presence either.

“In addition to raising this matter with Royal Mail and the Post Office I’ve also written to the Business Minister, Kelly Tolhurst, although ultimately this is a commercial not a Government decision.

“Irrespective of any national agreement which the Post Office and WHSmith may have, moves to relocate a local site need to involve the community in a frank and honest consultation – it’s clear that Crawley isn’t supporting these proposals.”

More news: EXCLUSIVE: Post Office WILL CLOSE whatever consultation says

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Crawley MP Henry Smith condemns Brexit uncertainty

Henry Smith MP has spoken out against the uncertainty and democratic damage of Brexit not being delivered and in Parliament last week called for the instruction given by the people of Crawley and the UK to leave the EU not to be delayed beyond 29th March 2019.

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Speaking in the House Of Commons on Friday 15th Feb, Mr Smith partook in a debate and made his strong feeling very clear.

Here are some of the highlights of what he said:

“It’s been three years since the Brexit referendum was called. With exit day of 29th March only weeks away, I urge the Prime Minister to take a robust approach to the continued negotiations with the EU.

“One of the biggest reasons for the current uncertainty is the continued calls for another vote of the people. Crawley residents – and indeed voters across the UK – have already spoken clearly and it’s up to the Government to carry out their will.

“The previous day I asked Theresa May at Prime Minister’s Questions for assurances over our departure on the date set out in law of 29th March 2019 – the people’s Brexit must not be denied.”

He then followed it up about Crawley itself:

“The message I get is as follows. Just the other day, I was walking down Tilgate shopping parade in my constituency, and as is typically the case, someone came up to me and wanted to know about the current Brexit debate in Parliament.

“They said, “Why aren’t we getting on with the decision we made two and a half years ago?” That is a compelling argument.”

Mr Smith continued on the subject of Brexit uncertainty and the countries relationship with Europe:

“We have heard this afternoon calls for a so-called people’s vote. I would argue that we had a people’s vote in 2016. We have also heard calls for an extension of article 50, to delay our departure from the European Union.

“We have heard from those Members concern about the uncertainty of Brexit. The one thing that will maintain uncertainty is questioning the democratic decision that was taken by holding a second referendum.

“That would certainly do a lot to damage our democracy and prolong uncertainty, as would a delay to article 50, and that is before we even get into the issues of whether the remaining 27 members of the EU would allow article 50 to be extended and, if article 50 were to be extended beyond July, of EU elections.”

“Yes, we absolutely should be seeking and honouring a deep and close relationship with our neighbours and allies in Europe, but the trouble with a customs union, which Labour Members advocate, is that it would prevent us from doing the global free trade deals that, in a world that is getting smaller, are key to our prosperity.

“The key to this country’s future prosperity is our unique global links, and being a conduit for that thanks to our proximity to Europe. We must be robust in the ongoing negotiations, and I support the Prime Minister in continuing them.

“I have never known an EU negotiation that did not go down to the last moment, and I therefore remain optimistic about our future. For goodness’ sake, we should be more optimistic as a House and country, because our best years are ahead.” r

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