THE CITY’s Brexit Party candidate has called for a ‘clean break’ exit from the European Union and slammed the actions of both the Conservative and Labour parties.
As the prospect of a December General Election increases, Martin Potter called for the ‘will of the people’ in the city to be enacted and for the UK to leave the European Union without a deal.
Worcester mirrored the national referendum result in 2016 with 53.7 per cent of voters backing the leave campaign while 46.3 per cent backed remain.
Mr Potter said the referendum result combined with the General Election result in the city for parties promising to deliver on the 2016 poll showed Worcester voters wished to leave the EU.
“So far this has not happened,” he said.
“Robin Walker has consistently voted for a deal which is Brexit In Name Only (BRINO). However Parliament voted three times to conclude it was a bad deal.
“Nationally, five million Labour Party voters in the referendum result have been systematically betrayed by Labour MPs who have reneged on their manifesto commitment.
The 53-year-old defended calls for a ‘clean break Brexit’ which would see the UK leave the EU without a deal and quicker than the current agreement being discussed at Westminster.
Overnight, all the laws and regulations which have governed the relationship between the UK and the rest of the EU for nearly half a century would disappear.
But despite the potential upheaval, Mr Potter stressed the positives of such a move.
“A clean-break Brexit would allow Worcester’s and Britain’s interests to take priority, in order to build our markets worldwide and build our wealth for future generations.
The chartered accountant has more than 25 years’ business experience both in the UK, the EU and in non-EU Europe, both in finance and general management.
He currently divides his time between the UK and Ukraine, where his wife Lisa is the director of an agricultural business.
His parents come from Worcester and are now retired there, having recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
The campaign will not be Mr Potter’s first foray into a general election campaign as he stood as the Conservative candidate in Chesterfield against Tony Benn in 1997.
He left the Conservative Party after nearly 20 years in 2003 and remained politically homeless until he joined the Brexit Party earlier this year.
A staunch critic of the European Union, Mr Potter opposed Britain’s entry into the ERM and the single European Act of 1986 which paved the way for the country’s entry to the single market in 1993.