Stephen Kinnock MP: British politics must ‘rediscover the lost art of compromise’ for Brexit

Stephen Kinnock MP: British politics must ‘rediscover the lost art of compromise’ for Brexit

Pro and Anti-Brexit protesters outside the Houses of Parliament ahead of the meaningful vote on Tuesday evening.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Labour’s Stephen Kinnock has said that British politics needs to “rediscover the lost art of compromise” for Brexit to be a success, as Prime Minister Theresa May is set to face MPs on her Brexit proposals.

The MP for Aberavon told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer: “We have got to get through this now. We can’t have more of this infighting and narrow tribalism.

“There is not a Brexit that is perfect for everybody. It is time to find a compromise and rediscover the lost art of compromise in British politics.”

He added that the Prime Minister’s deal was simply “a leap of faith”, instead advocating for a “Norway plus” deal.

“I will be voting against the deal,” he said. “I think its fundamental weakness is the political declaration on the future relationship, which is just so vague and open-ended.

“It just can’t be right that we vote through something that is a leap of faith and it is such an important relationship with the EU.

“I am working very hard with a cross-party group called ‘Norway plus’ to try to get the Prime Minister and the leader of my own party to see that a Norway-based Brexit would be the best, most viable, pragmatic and bridge-building option for the future of our country.”


'Stay in the same neighbourhood' 

Mr Kinnock added that the UK should “move house but stay in the same neighbourhood” with Brexit.

“I believe in parliamentary democracy and we live in a representative parliamentary democracy,” he said.

“We had a referendum which was giving the people the opportunity to give us instruction. It is our job as parliamentarians to interpret that instruction.”

He added: “We need to come up with an interpretation of what the 52-48 mandate means.

“For me, that means to move house but stay in the same neighbourhood.

“Stay close but come out of the political institutions and out of a closer union and make it very clear that the EU can also reinvent itself.”