Cameron Matthews, Woodbridge Hustings
Cameron Matthews, Woodbridge Hustings
Thursday 21 November, St Johns Church, St Johns Hill, Woodbridge

This popular pre-election event was attended by four of the five parliamentary candidates. The wide-ranging debate covered some of the most important national and local issues.

Here’s what Cameron had to say about Brexit:

What’s the impact of Boris Johnson’s deal? As I said about three years, three long years of this situation and what I can confidently say is I don’t think there are hardly any people who think Boris Johnson’s deal is a good deal for Britain at all. He was countenancing it against a no deal which would be horrific.


So I think what we need is we need a new government to be able to put in place a negotiation. And that negotiation ,which Labour has outlined in its manifesto, will be a deal which will be a people-focussed deal aligning to the six key tests which were outlined by Keir Starmer which again would protect businesses and people. That deal would be negotiated within three months and then put to the people at a referendum against Remain within six months.


And the reason I think this is the most legitimate outcome is because we have to be cogniscent of we are living in a divided society at present but we need a mechanism to bring people together. We need a means to be able to bring our society back together. We’ve just heard from Justin Welby there [in a video shown at the start of the hustings] about the need to bring everyone together. I think Labour’s proposal offers that, it offers the opportunity to not disenfranchise any party, whether voting for Leave or Remain in this instance. We don’t disenfanchise anyone by taking Labour’s option.


And I think it’s the only credible option at this stage. I think this will give us a real ability to bring people together, have a confirmatory vote which other parties were calling for in the recent past, and therefore we’ll be in a better position to move forward and actually start to tackle some of the real, real serious issues which are facing us.

(Transcribed from an audio recording)

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