January 2018 – EU Withdrawal Bill Amendments

January 2018 – EU Withdrawal Bill Amendments

Thank you for contacting me about the EU (Withdrawal) Bill.

I have every confidence in ability of the Government to secure a deal that guarantees a deep and special partnership with the EU. The Prime Minister has said that she wants the best possible access to European markets for UK businesses and I wholeheartedly agree with this aim. It is in the interests of both sides to secure a good deal.

Parliament has been already been promised its say on the final withdrawal deal and I was disappointed that my colleague Dominic Grieve MP pressed his amendment to a vote given these reassurances. I do not believe, however, that there should be a second referendum. The referendum campaign was fought, turnout was high and the public has given its verdict. The Government will deliver the result.

I also do not believe that the UK should continue its membership of the EU’s single market after leaving the EU. Remaining a member would require the UK to continue accepting freedom of movement and we would also have to accept the EU’s rules and regulations with no say over them.

The UK and the EU have, through negotiations, already secured reciprocal rights for British citizens in the EU and EU citizens living in the UK. The rights of EU citizens in the UK will be upheld by UK law in the Withdrawal and Implementation Bill.

For these reasons, I did not back the amendments you suggested, but I have full confidence in the quality of this legislation and I am very pleased that last week the House voted to progress the Bill to the Lords.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.