Leaving the European Union

On 24th October 2011, Adam resigned from his post as Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Foreign Office. This was because the Government expected Adam to vote against a referendum of Great Britain's continued membership of the European Union. Whilst his resignation may have cost him his ministerial career under David Cameron, he has no regrets as Adam has always believed that the British people must have a say.


Adam was delighted that the British people got to have their say in June 2016 and is very excited about the opportunities that Brexit offers. He was also very proud that 65% of voters in Gravesham - the biggest in Kent - voted to leave the EU.


However, since June 2016 Adam has watched with dismay as the politicians involved in implementing Brexit have worked to undermine the will of the 17.4million people who voted to leave the European Union. The Prime Minister has never fully supported the mission and it has become clear that some MPs from both the Government and opposition benches are willing to sacrifice the principles of democracy in order to thwart Brexit.


Adam will continue to vote in such a way that reflects the voices of all those people in Gravesham who voted to leave the EU. As currently constituted, he would not support the Withdrawal Agreement and believes there is nothing to fear from a no-deal outcome, and in fact much to be gained.  He also says: “We must not forget that 35% of the good people of Gravesham voted to Remain. Had Remain won, despite my being enthusiastic about Brexit, I would have been equally outraged if the Government had then tried every trick to Leave.   The people should be respected. Either way.”


Adam was delighted that the British people got to have their say in June 2016 and is very excited about the opportunities that Brexit offers. He was also very proud that 65% of voters in Gravesham - the biggest in Kent - voted to leave the EU.


You may also be interested to see what was said about Adam at the Spectator Threadneedle Parliamentarian of the Year Awards 2011. Adam won the award for Backbencher of the Year for his principled decision to return to the back benches rather than to vote against a referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union.


30:58 and 34:45 on the recording. You can view a recording of the award ceremony by clicking here. Bernard Jenkin accepted the award on Adam's behalf and this can be seen between