WORKINGTON’S Tory candidate has written to his Labour counterpart to ask her to explain her position on Brexit.

Mark Jenkinson told Sue Hayman her position on Brexit as Jeremy Corbyn’s candidate for Workington appeared unclear.

However Mrs Hayman denied that and said not only she had spelled it out in the Times & Star but she had also stuck to the pledges she made about Brexit following her re-election in 2017.

Mr Jenkinson said: “There is no doubt that getting Brexit done is the key issue facing the UK. We have one chance to get Brexit done. If we fail to do so and fail to honour the people’s decision to leave the EU, then it’s clear that Parliament will remain gridlocked.

“That will mean that other important things that make a difference to peoples’ lives – being able to get an appointment to see a GP, feeling safe when walking home, making ends meet at the end of the month – will be ignored.

“Without a plan to get Brexit done it is impossible to have credibility on anything else.”

He added if elected, he would back Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s deal and take the UK out of the EU by the end of January.

He asked Mrs Hayman if she agreed with the Labour Party leader Mr Corbyn’s position of remaining neutral on Brexit. “This means he would hold a second referendum in which he was not even willing to back an arrangement that he had negotiated,” said Mr Jenkinson.

Mrs Hayman said: “The Tories have had three-and-a-half years to get Brexit done, and they have failed.

“The Tories have been in Government every day since the referendum, but they are completely split over Europe. Theresa May’s deal was defeated in Parliament because Tory MPs, including Boris Johnson, refused to support her deal.”

She added: “I respected the referendum result and I voted to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty so the UK could begin negotiating Brexit. But before that could happen, Theresa May called the 2017 general election. At the 2017 election I was very clear that I would support a Brexit deal that protected jobs, workers’ rights and environmental standards and kept the benefits of the Single Market and the customs union. I also promised I would not support a no-deal Brexit or a bad deal.

“The people of Workington constituency re-elected me on that manifesto and I have stuck to my promises.”