The British people voted in a free and fair referendum to leave the EU. Turnout was larger than at any election since 1992 and no Prime Minister or party in British history has ever received as many votes as the vote to leave did. The UK’s withdrawal will be delivered in the national interest and the country will regain its sovereignty in full.
I was very proud that 65% of my constituency voted to leave the EU, and my personal opinion is that it is in the best interests of the United Kingdom to do so. As a result of both my scepticism about the European Union and my desire to represent the people of my constituency and the United Kingdom generally, I have voted against any amendments that could attempt to delay or derail the process of leaving the European Union.
Article 50 has now been invoked and the Prime Minister has been clear that there must be no attempts to remain inside the EU, no attempts to rejoin it through the back door, and no second referendum. The country voted to leave the European Union, and it is the duty of the Government to make sure that this happens.
I do not think that Parliament should be given the power to send the Government back to the negotiating table if the final deal with the European Union is considered by some to not be good enough, and consequently voted against any and all such amendments.
Nobody should believe that the negotiation process will be brief or straightforward. It is going to require significant expertise and a consistent approach. However, I am confident that the Prime Minister will be able to provide the strong leadership required to form a new partnership with the European Union and build a more global Britain.