News from Anna Soubry MP

Hello again,  I have warmly welcomed the early morning deal secured by the Prime Minister and the EU. By making it clear there will be no hard border in Northern Ireland and that any future trade deal or arrangement will cover the entire UK, I believe we have taken important steps away from a hard Brexit and towards maintaining the benefits of the existing Customs Union and Single Market, after we have left the EU. That is good news for British business and so it is good news for all of us.

Finally; the blue skies and sunshine is welcome but it’s blooming cold! If you have an elderly neighbour please check they are warm and well.
As ever,  Anna

Broxtowe Borough Council tell Aldi they must build houses in Stapleford

On Wednesday, Broxtowe Borough Council’s Planning Committee voted to uphold Aldi’s original planning permission which means they must build houses alongside their proposed store in Stapleford. This is the right decision and in my view Aldi must now get on with the job which will not only benefit themselves, but will also benefit the whole of Stapleford.

Forever Stars open new Serenity Suite

The Chilwell based charity, Forever Stars has opened a bereavement suite in the City Hospital’s maternity unit. Michelle and Richard Daniels have raised over £300,000 since their baby Emily was stillborn. Their first suite opened at the QMC with a third planned in Derby City Hospital. My old friend Anne Davies of BBC East Midlands Today, opened the City Hospital suite today.

Freshcut Foods     

Freshcut Foods have expanded with a new factory at their Beeston Rylands business. It was an honour to open the factory which has added 30 new jobs to the 220 strong workforce. The company imports vegetables and fruit from mainly EU countries, supplying supermarkets and popular food retailers. Freshcut Foods is a good example of a great British business that will be badly hit by “hard Brexit” tariffs .


New garden project for Attenborough Station     Attenborough Garden Club have big plans for Attenborough Station. They aim to install community “gardens” on both platforms. The Club is working with East Midlands Trains and wants everyone to get involved.  If you would like to get involved with this excellent scheme or help fund it, please visit the Garden Club’s Just Giving page here.

Small  Business Saturday needs local boost   Broxtowe has many excellent small, independent businesses and last Saturday was all about shopping locally. It was a pleasure – given the quality and variety of shops in Stapleford, Beeston and Kimberley. It’s important this national day of action has good local support and I have contacted Broxtowe Borough Council about how they can do more to promote Small Business Saturday next year.

Kimberley Christmas Market    Kimberley held its first Christmas Market a few weeks ago. Congratulations to Nygel “Mad Hatter” for his organisation, the traders who took part and Kimberley’s supportive Borough Councillors Mel Crow and Shane Easom. No doubt there were some lessons to be learnt to make sure it is even better next year.




De Fibs save lives!

Kimberley Miners Welfare Football Club are raising money for a much needed defibrillator at the Stag ground. Defibs save lives, providing easy to use, vital first aid to someone suffering a cardiac arrest. If you would like to join me in donating please email Trevor Rood at

Broxtowe’s voice in Parliament

This week has been dominated by Brexit. The week began badly for the Prime Minister after negotiations on phase 1 of the negotiations failed to reach a deal. It was never right to have a separate favourable deal for one part of the UK – it should extend beyond Northern Ireland as I explained on Tuesday (you can read my contribution here). I also made a speech about the type of Brexit deal we need and the importance of no border to maintaining peace in Northern Ireland and the Republic. You can read my speech here.

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30 Responses to News from Anna Soubry MP

  1. Fred R says:

    The agreement struck with the EU will undoubtedly infuriate the US agents – sorry, Brexiteers – in the Tory Party, but I suspect it’ll be warmly welcomed by both manufacturing and financial Capital. I can’t resist passing on an opinion piece from Fintan O’Toole of the Irish Times, which is a cutting and insightful view of Brexit from across the water, and is quite chuckleworthy as well. See “Ireland has just saved the UK from the madness of a hard Brexit”. I particularly like the line:

    “To adapt Henry Ford, Britain can have any Brexit it likes, so long as it is green ”

    For those, like the Sun and Mail, who’ve complained about the Republic sticking its oar in on Brexit as if it’s none of its business, I’ve a 3-letter acronym: DUP. If it’s ok for the bowler-hatted sash-wearing Orangeists to be the tail that wags the Tory dog, then they’ve no comeback when a full nation runs a judo move on the UK. It certainly tickles this paddy :o)

  2. Howard Shakespeare says:

    David Davis has made it clear, no trade deal no £39 billion payment to the Fourth Reich/EU.

    • Fred R says:

      The bumbling Brexit Bulldog will be toast by the end of January, as will the May regime. What he says, or not, is as relevant as what Joe Bloggs says down the pub.

      And what is this wrinkly obsession with drawing Nazi parallels with everything and going way OTT? “Fourth Reich” – yeesh! The sodding war ended 72 years ago, and for all the problems with the EU it is not comparable to a fascist regime that murdered tens of millions of people. Get a grip and a sense of proportion.

      • Ian Blakeley says:

        Got to agree with your last paragraph Fred. I would say that the majority of wrinkly’s probably agree with you as well. However Fred, the only person to mention Nazi’s and Reich on this page is you.

      • Ian Blakeley says:

        Sorry Fred, I missed out Howard and the fact that you were replying to him.

  3. Mike Johnson says:

    International finance depends upon each and every country honouring their commitments and paying their debts. If we renegue on our debts to the EU then how many other countries in the world will trust us. Just as we ordinary citizens pay our own debts. If we do not then we find it very difficult to obtain loans from banks.

  4. MikeH says:

    It seems to me that David Davis has made it quite clear that he doesn’t want the UK to collaborate with our nearest neighbours in any way whatsoever. He is aiming (successfully so far) to ensure that all our existing trade, cultural, industrial, agricultural, environmental, research etc links with the EU are broken. What advantage will accrue to him as a result is a mystery to me. I can make a long list of ways in which my family (in particular my grandchildren) will be harmed by what he is doing; I can’t think of a single advantage that they get in return.

    • Ian Blakeley says:

      Mike H. I’ll give you a list of ways where your Grandchildren (and mine) will benefit from leaving the EU in it’s current and planned form.

      1). A British Court will have the last say in legal matters appertaining to the United Kingdom.
      2). The British Parliament will discuss and legislate laws that concern the United Kingdom.
      3). Your Grandchildren will not be liable to be conscripted into the planned European Armed Forces.
      4). Your family will be able to travel around Europe with as much ease as they could prior to 2009.(i.e. Passports will be required as they are now). However the other Members of the EU could spit their dummies out if they wished to make life a bit more difficult. But that could work both ways.
      5). Your Grandchildren will be able to work within the EU provided they have the skills required and nobody can be recruited locally. This should also be the case within the UK.
      6). They won’t be part of this rubbish – (German political Leader) Martin Schulz told delegates that he wanted EU member states to sign off on a “constitutional treaty” that committed the bloc to take steps towards a federal Europe – a proposal likely to be met with some resistance from Merkel and other EU leaders.

      “Such a constitutional treaty has to be written by a convention that includes civil society and the people. This constitutional treaty will then have to be put to the member states (but not the electorate) and those that don’t approve it will automatically have to leave the EU,” Schulz said.

      Now can we see YOUR list please.

      • MikeH says:

        A reasonable question Ian. I have in the past listed a few things that I don’t want Brexit to take away (they include my EU citizenship) and, as the last thing I want is to be trolled or to have my family trolled I am not going to be too specific. I’ll leave you to work more detail out for yourself from the following
        I have close family members who are married French nationals, I have a nephew married to a German national, another to an Irish national, a niece who is currently working in Germany. One member of my family owns an engineering business that exports 30-40% of its output to Germany and to other EU countries. Another works for a Spanish company that provides essential services to most of the world’s airlines (including those flying from the UK). No-one will fly anywhere from the UK if Brexit forces their EU employees to leave the country. I have benefitted and still do from the EU regulations that promote free trade, consumer protections, clean beaches, safe handling of nuclear products, clean air, ethical farming and so on. I believe that our Universities can only operate effectively if there is EU-wide collaboration as with ESA, CERN and so on. My family has benefited EU projects like Erasmus. Companies I have worked for have benefited from participation in EU collaborative projects in microelectronics. I suspect that our hill farmers will go out of business without EU funding and I hear that some cultural projects that the UK hoped to join are already being denied to us. I cannot see how Brexit will help us to combat climate change, terrorism or the malicious application of deep data tools, AI or robotics. Nor will it do anything to address the growing difference between the rich and powerful in our country and the disadvantaged poor (of which there is a large population in Nottingham). Finally, if you look at the outcomes they have achieved over the past fifty years you will find that our government has shown itself incapable of manging our economy, our infrastructure, our essential services (the NHS) and our industry. I don’t think we can blame the EU for that. I think these issues can be better addressed by cooperating with our neighbours rather that alienating them.
        Final thoughts; how are we going to determine who is British enough to sit in judgement in our courts and make our laws; I hope we are not advocating a return to eugenics? Your other points may be valid (I hope so) but I suspect until we have finalised our treaties with the 27 other EU members we can’t be sure.
        (PS I can trace my ancestry back to the beginning of the 18th century so I think I can claim to be British).

      • Fred R says:

        So other than all that, Mike, Europe’s done nowt for you? 😉

        I too know EU nationals, in my case Italians, who’ve worked over here in professional jobs for over 25 years and have had families and contributed mightily to the UK economy and society (and helped improve my Italian!). Regardless of the comforting words of May et al, and the “gentleman’s agreement” recently struck after the DUP threatened to throw its toys out of the pram, they still live in uncertainty as to whether they can remain in the UK, if so under what restrictions, and how welcome they’ll be made to feel by the more backward sections of English society. As a person of ‘Irish heritage’ (as they say these days) by virtue of my parents, and having memories of the rampant anti-Irish racism of the part of my childhood spent in a backwards London satellite town, I strongly empathise with them and feel great solidarity and sadness.

        I’m not a ‘Remoaner’ [TM], in that the referendum is done and will not be reversed in my time, if ever, so we all have to make the best of it, whether it was a ‘liberation from tyranny’ or the English shooting themselves in the feet. I don’t see any point in making lists of pros and cons based on what’s happened and won’t be undone. However, I do feel that those Leavers who maintain that the vote was not an expression of xenophobia and racism by many of the English have a moral and practical obligation to ensure that European folk already here have the same legal and moral rights as ‘natives’, and to actively make them welcome and assure them of their future security.

    • Joan Wade says:

      Ian – A strange list but let us look at the reality. Brexiteers have had since the 23rd June 2016 to set out their vision for what leaving the EU means. This is the plan that your leaders have come up with so far

      Around 40 billion payment and further ongoing commitments pledged just to get the EU to talk with us

      Recognition that we have to accept the rules and regulations of the EU but will no longer have any say in what those rules and regulations are.

      • Ian Blakeley says:

        What’s strange about it Joan?

      • Joan Wade says:

        What is strange about your list Ian is that you have set out pretty much how things operate now and then claimed that these will be benefits we gain from leaving the EU. We already have a United Kingdom parliament. It has recently been busy seeking to untangle the Brexit mess. So much of what Brexiteers appear to have been opposing is a fiction of their own making.

  5. lozknowles says:

    Simply shocking and you’ll never have my vote again.

  6. Barry Morrison says:

    A few weeks ago I said this is my last comment on the EU referendum and all the ensuing nonsense..However, in light of previous comments let me make clear what I think will happen and change, if and when we leave the EU. Not much at all..In theory on 30th march 2019 all EU bound planes at UK airports will be grounded..It won’t happen..EHIC cards won’t be acceptable in the EU..Rubbish, as EHIC cards are an EEA initiative and not an EU initiative which means that any country in the EEA or EFTA can use the EHIC without being charged.. Such as Switzerland, Norway and Iceland..I could go on but it’s getting late and I’m ready for bed but I’ll bet that before 29th march a lot of give and take will happen..Will we come out of the EU?. Probaly in theory but you can bet your life we’re gonna be sold down the river

  7. Mike_H says:

    Hi Fred. This is politics we are waffling about you know. Making lists of things of things we want to happen or didn’t want to happen is what politicians do; they call their lists manifestos. In the real world there is very little correlation between reality and these lists. Happy Christmas.

  8. Ian Blakeley says:

    So MikeH, Fred and Joan. Still shooting for remain I see. Please stop, it’s going to happen, get over it. Had the vote gone the other way I would have shrugged my shoulders and got on with life. I certainly wouldn’t be bleating on about it.

    However, Mike H. You are NOT a European citizen you are a citizen of the United Kingdom with a passport issued by HM Government. You may I understand become a citizen of another country if you so wish, but I think that there will be certain requirements laid down by whatever country you wish to join. Regarding the rest of your list, your family will remain French and German. Their passports of course are issued by France or Germany, not by the EU. However there is a rider on that. Passports will, once the EU becomes Federalised, show that the holder is a citizen of Federal Europe (or whatever term they adopt) and that the PP is issued by Region 3 (F) or Region 1 (G). Your family member will still be able to export to Germany, the person who works for Universal or Groundforce in Spain will still do the same job on UK reg Aircraft, just as Swissport do in the UK (and other countries). As for your statement that aircraft will not be able to depart UK if EU aviation personnel are pulled out of UK by their employers ….. 🤣 🤣 🤣. Now I agree with you that the UK Brexit team don’t seem to be doing very well at the moment. However that works both ways and I suspect that the EU really don’t want us to leave but don’t know how to address the problem. As for the NHS, Welfare, North/South divide, Rich/Poor Gap I completely agree with you. It’s not the EUs doing, after all, they have the same problems which of course have been increased by Frau Merkels actions. As for climate change, health etc, co-operation in these areas won’t be affected, especially as in some/many cases the UK is acknowledged as the Global leader. The Law, British judges will sit in our Courts of Law, just as they have always done and the Supreme Court will be just that – Supreme. I wasn’t aware that the UK Govt has ever suggested ‘selective breeding’, do you know something the rest of us don’t? European City of Culture decision by EC. The words “toys out of pram” come to mind.

    Joan, we have a UK parliament that HAS to do what the EC tells them to do. They cannot amend any EC legislation or even strike it from UK law. Our Supreme Court can be overturned by the European Court of Justice. British citizens will not be uprooted from France, Spain or wherever. That is against European Law and would breech their Human Rights and I would expect our government to go to the European Court of Human Rights should that happen.

    Fred – “to ensure that European folk already here have the same legal and moral rights as ‘natives’, and to actively make them welcome and assure them of their future security.” I believe that this was said by May right at the beginning, but Barnier and his team missed it and started arguing.

    Finally one thing about ‘security’. The Schengen agreement is all very fine and makes life easy travelling through Europe. Unfortunately where it falls down is the lack of strong (impassable preferred) border controls at the periphery of the EU. Hence the large increases in some Nordic countries of Rape, Murder and other crimes against the person. Sexual assaults in Germany and France are up, yet the perpetrators cannot be exported if caught due to some EU rules.

    • Fred R says:

      “I’m not a ‘Remoaner’ [TM], in that the referendum is done and will not be reversed in my time, if ever, so we all have to make the best of it, whether it was a ‘liberation from tyranny’ or the English shooting themselves in the feet.” Written by my very own paws 19/12/18. RTFM.

      “Fred – “to ensure that European folk already here have the same legal and moral rights as ‘natives’, and to actively make them welcome and assure them of their future security.” I believe that this was said by May right at the beginning, but Barnier and his team missed it and started arguing.”

      Nope, precisely the wrong way around. The EU made an unconditional offer to secure the rights of UK citizens living in the EU back in June and the UK regime turned its nose up – see “May urged to match EU’s offer on rights of Britons living in Europe” if you can bear to sully your browser history with the traitorous Grauniad.

      What May says is a) not binding in law, and thus no more than kind words meaning nowt practically, and b) irrelevant as she’s living on borrowed time (borrowed from the DUP, natch, at some considerable cost). Her successor(s) can easily go back on that word. If I were in the position of a migrant living in the UK (as my mother was as an Irishwoman back in the day), I would want a written guarantee of my right to remain here, and without obstructive bureaucracy. Well-meaning words are just that – words.

      That’s it for pointless barneys on this thread, on one story on a parochial blog with readership in tens. There are bigger fish to fry on national boards, and indeed on the streets. Bye the now

    • Fred R says:

      And finally, as the Roger Mellie’s say on the telly, that whole ‘foreigners are rapists and despoilers of our innocent native womenfolk’ goes back centuries, to the Huguenot refugees and beyond. For sure, it was around in the 60s and 70s when us Micks piled across the Irish Sea for work, when we were corrupting English roses with our groping Fenian paws, not to mention taking jobs (and scrounging benefits, natch), speaking a foreign lingo, living in ghettos, being terrorist sympathisers, and all the other xenophobic ‘tropes’ that so reliably pop up every time there’s an influx of foreigners into Ingerlan. Perhaps I shouldn’t, but as a Mick I take that sort of thing very personally indeed, as you’ll discover if we ever bump into each other and have a frank exchange of views.

      • Ian Blakeley says:

        Fred You obviously have some form of axe to grind about your Irish heritage. Personally I have never had any problem with them, had quite a number of friends and colleagues who were Irish, have spent many days in the island of Ireland and used to quite enjoy going there whilst I was working.

  9. Barry Morrison says:

    Fred. I think you need to get it through your head that not much is gonna change if and when we leave the EU..Which I very much doubt will happen in the way that the leave voters thought would happen when they voted on 23rd june 2016..Me being one of them…As for the ”Micks” corrupting English roses etc etc..Come on Fred..It did’nt happen and you know it.

  10. MikeH says:

    What will change on leaving the EU? Of course, we can’t know. I don’t think we make things much clearer unless we define terms in a meaningful way that can be tested and verified independently. I think of the EU as a body of regulations and a set of processes to enforce and refine this regulation. I want to retain these things; I suspect Ian does too. So we are both remainers by this definition.

    • Ian Blakeley says:

      Personally I will be very happy if we reverted to being members of a ‘Trading Club’ as per EEC and ditched the ideas of a federated Europe and the European Court of Justice being superior to the Supreme Court. However the idea of me being a remainer………🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  11. Joan Wade says:

    Brexiteers seem unable to grasp the fact that democracy does not stand still. Yes – the won the second referendum but people have a right to campaign for a third referendum and it will no doubt happen. Most people under 60 voted to remain and Brexiteers need to come to terms with the fact that one day soon the British people we will have a third referendum.

    • Ian Blakeley says:

      It’s you people who voted to remain within the EU, with it’s lack of Democracy and eventual removal of all member countries legal systems and sovereignty etc, who cannot grasp Democracy. If most people under the age of 60 voted to remain how do you explain the fact that 52% of those people who bothered to vote voted to leave. You cannot, and you know it.

      • MikeH says:

        As you have said yourself Ian it doesn’t matter why people voted as they did. The fact (a hard to come by commodity) is that a majority of UK citizens voted to leave the EU. We have gained our sovereignty; jolly good . Now the question arises what are we going to do with it? I have not seen even a glimmering of a plan that sets out a vision of what our country will be like in 10 years’ time, and certainly there doesn’t seem to be any realistic idea for how we would go about building this future; whatever it is.
        Enlighten us.
        A vision of our future please and what we need to do to realise it.

  12. Barry Morrison says:

    Why do we need a third referendum?. If the truth had been told from the start in 1972 when Ted Heath lied to us and dragged us into this mess we would’nt have needed a referendum in 1975 after which Harold Wilson lied by saying the result would’nt change anything..Of course it would..It opened the floodgates for what would be the formation of the EU in 1993.. And then 45 years of continuous lying by politicians got us into the mess where the 2016 referendum was created..I wonder Joan where you get the idea that most people under 60 voted to remain..Which newspaper said that, or was it a survey.?..And we know how reliable surveys are these days..They got the referendum wrong..They got the U S elections wrong..They got the general election wrong. I hope they don’t predict Forest v Arsenal at the weekend ‘cos I’d bet against their forecast.

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