Open Letter to Isle of Wight MP: No-deal Brexit was never on the ballot

In this open letter to Isle of Wight MP, Bob Seely, Mr Goodman says he believes, “we can still apply the Brexit brakes for long enough to let people make their first informed decision on our three basic brexit options”.

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This Open Letter from Steven Goodman from Newport to Isle of Wight Conservative MP, Robert Seely. Ed

Dear Bob

I’m writing to give you my support to stop the no-deal Brexit which the evidence overwhelmingly indicates should be avoided and which the vast majority of citizens are opposed to. Please do all you can to stop it.

Before the divisive disastrous vote three years ago, for all the right reasons we were both in favour of continuing our EU membership. We have since seen that the chosen action on the close result of that seriously flawed advisory only vote has cost the country money, jobs, investment, and reputation. The interests of the country must come before the interests of the party. 

The issue has split parties and people, and is preventing progress on our environmental emergency. Our outdated politics has failed us and is causing more problems than it can solve – the present prorogation row being the latest lunacy. We can still apply the Brexit brakes for long enough to let people make their first informed decision on our three basic Brexit options.

Yours sincerely, Steven Goodman, Newport

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Monday, 2nd September, 2019 10:22am



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31 Comments on "Open Letter to Isle of Wight MP: No-deal Brexit was never on the ballot"

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I agree with Mr Goodman. I still have no idea what positive benefits leaving the EU will bring.

I wish Mr Goodman luck in trying to get a reply from Seeley, I have asked him, in various formats,(at least 20 times), how he sees Brexit improving the lives of his constituents. I have yet to get a reply.

Mr. Goodman, you state that the ‘vast majority’ are opposed to a No Deal. What are you basing that on? My discussions with people tend to show the opposite view. I guess it all depends on which side of the fence you sit. So please Mr Seely, do all you can to get us out. MP’s who voted for article 50 didn’t state it had to be… Read more »
iain mckie

Seely is a Remainer though. Now he faces a difficult choice – vote no-deal which is the polar opposite of his views of be booted out of the Tories. My guess is that he votes for no deal to climb the greasy pole.


I agree Iain, he’ll do whatever it takes to preserve his office. If he had a three line whip to jump off a cliff he’d do it.

iain mckie

Now that No Deal has effectively just been blocked, Seely gets the win double: gets to water down Brexit and gets to cosy up to Johnson


Boris Johnson is bluffing with his threat to expel the Tory Rebels. He wont do it because that means he loses the next election !

Jenny Smart

Yes, but he is in a very precarious situation come the next General Election with clear anti EU candidates standing

iain mckie

The Brexit Party candidate is not from here and has no ideas on local issues. Greens are pro EU so stand no chance, I have no idea how local Labour are on this point. I shan’t be voting for the first time ever.


There does seem to be little point in voting, they are all rosette wearing dummies whose views are whatever their party whips tell them it is.


This article is from April but is a sensible discussion of the opinion polls:

In 2015 Britain was came top of the G7 countries in terms of economic growth. On Friday 30th August 2019 it was bottom in the G7 group with growth shrinking. All those car workers no longer making cars, all those companies not wishing to invest because of uncertainty over Brexit, all those EU customers unwilling to place order with UK suppliers. If we no deal Brexit the… Read more »
iain mckie
With respect, you are conflating two separate issues: the pros and cons of Brexit were resolved in the Referendum on a winner take all basis. Even if the margin had been still leaving the bloc, and this fact was confirmed in Parliament and A50 was trgiggered in accordance with the legal process. What we are now facing is whether or not UK democracy and the will of… Read more »

So what you are saying is that local jobs don’t matter, Brexit takes precedence over unemployment and economic stagnation for the whole country. Outstanding.

iain mckie

No, what I am saying that Brexit is a legal and moral obligation.

Mark L Francis

The referendum (technically the second after Harold wilson called the first) was only “advisory”. If it had been binding it would have had to have been re-run due to cheating. How can it be mporal to wreck your own country & send our representatives grovelling all over the world to foreigners?

Geoff Brodie

The first was on membership of a Common Market.The second was on a political and economic union foisted upon us by mainly Tory Governments.The Tories only turned against it in numbers when Blair and new Labour fully bought into it

iain mckie

the Referendum was contained within the Tory Manifesto and subjected to the Salisbury Convention, and then upheld by a Parliamentary vote, and lost numerous legal challenges (notably in N Ireland) thus triggering A50. The A50 trigger then set a further legal obligation. Brexit is a moral and legal obligation.

Mark L Francis

“…This dear land, nursery of kings is now leased out like a pelting house to Donald Trump
This country which was once wont to conquer others hath made a shameful conquest of itself…”
_John of Gaunts Speech from Shakespeare; just from memory (I think I might just have added the bit about Trump and I am not sure what a pelting house is, but its not good)

Good letter! I was so angry last week when I heard of Boris Johnson’s order to suspend Parliament that I wrote a similar letter, got it down to A5 size so that it would only cost me 325 pages of A4 printing, and then posted it to every single MP (644 in a box to the House of Commons and 6 in an envelope to the Sinn… Read more »
Actually the “peoples vote” that we had in 2016 resulted in a majority of over 1 million to leave the EU, not leave but only with a deal that the remainers approve of. Its really sad to see how many parliamentarians only believe in democracy when things go their way. It does make you think whether its worth voting at all if the politicians ignore the majority… Read more »
Steve Goodman
The news does not get any better (except for the likes of those lucky loaded greedy people making money out of shorting the pound and so on). Now we know that not only was no-deal never on offer before the vote back in 2016, and that the latest PM’s public position on it had to change quickly from ‘a million to one chance’ to ‘much more likely’,… Read more »
Steve Goodman
This evening’s news, briefly; Further evidence that a no-deal brexit is still not popular with most of our elected representatives, Further evidence that the mother of all parliaments now looks more like a mad sad old bag lady, Further evidence (this time from film of the dramatic changes in Greenland) that we are still failing to make the large and long overdue changes needed in response to… Read more »
The pigs ear we call brexit is a direct result of our negotiating team being undermined at all stages by its own side. Removing the no deal option will finish the job and ensure that we end up locked into the backstop for the foreseeable future. We could, of course, hold another referendum about cancelling the whole thing. Presumably the leavers will then demand a third referendum… Read more »

You are right . The ballot paper just said LEAVE or REMAIN. I am quite happy either way as long as we leave the EU. The EU just needs to offer us a free trade deal and I believe parliament will support that idea. I love Europe but dislike the EU.

Steve Goodman

Now that the Supreme Court has had to apply the Boris lawbreaking brake, there is even more reason for letting the population make their first informed decision on our three basic Brexit options.

iain mckie
iain mckie
I disagree, on the ballot it was a simple Leave or Remain – with no conditions attached which means that Leave involves quitting without a deal. And when the Tories did an about face under Theresa May he deal would have kept us in the EU. No deal is the cleanest and quickest option if we want democracy to survive in this country. I know that you… Read more »
It’s precisely the failure to attach conditions to “Leave” that has caused all the problems. Because all it promises on its own, is an end to the existing state, but leaves entirely open what replaces it. Which is why all our politicians have wrestled with it since, and GODD ON THEM for being responsible. If anything, the leave documents sent to people with its stupid promises of… Read more »

We didn’t get asked “What sort of remain” either!

Rupert Besley
In the post above it is suggested that ‘No deal is the cleanest and quickest option if we want democracy to survive in this country.’ Nothing could be further from the truth. Far from being the end of it all, the quick and easy way out that many crave, No Deal would be just the start of a whole new chapter of difficulties, not least with Brussels.… Read more »

Interests of their country, I suppose you could say that about Quisling and Norway?