Bercow Questions Cameron's Commitment
JOHN Bercow has told Aylesbury farmers that he is unconvinced the controversial HS2 rail line will go ahead – and that he believes Prime Minister David Cameron is not particularly in favour of it.
At a meeting organised by Aylesbury National Farmers’ Union, Mr Bercow said: "I still think it is possible that the government, at the last minute, will draw back.
"I have no evidence to support this, but there is no Chancellor who will announce he is going to de-value the currency before he does so.
"It is just possible that there may be so many rows about other issues, and a possible foreign entanglement, that it might kick this ridiculous project into touch.
"I still think that is possible. I speak to the Prime Minister about HS2 often.
"He knows the feelings of the people living here. He says he sees the signs and banners every time he comes to Chequers.
"I’ve never had the impression that the Prime Minister is particularly passionate about HS2.”
Mr Bercow said he remained broadly optimistic that the government will not proceed with HS2. He added that it would be advantageous if the Hybrid Bill proposed for HS2 took a long time to get through parliament because if its progress was interrupted by a general election it could be lost altogether to more pressing priorities.
Mr Bercow said he has a meeting planned imminently with Transport Secretary Justine Greening when he will make his focus clear – that rather than fighting for mitigation and concessions, his constituents remain totally opposed to the project.
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