Thank you for contacting me about the vote to leave the EU.
The referendum result gave the Government a national mandate to leave the EU – including an overwhelming vote to leave in Selby & Ainsty – and it will deliver this in the national interest. As I am sure you can appreciate, the Government does not want to set out its position unilaterally before negotiations begin and it would not be appropriate for me to pre-empt discussions.
It is clear, however, that there is no mandate for a deal which does not allow us to control the number of people coming here from Europe. At the same time, we want British companies to have maximum freedom to trade with and operate in the single market.
Climate change also remains a serious and important issue. To this end, the Prime Minister has announced that the UK will ratify the Paris agreement by the end of the year. Britain is firmly on track to meet the 2050 target to reduce greenhouse emissions by 80 per cent and the Paris agreement will see net zero emissions by the end of the century.
On human rights, I can assure you that the UK signed the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to guarantee human rights long before it joined the EU. Strong workers’ rights similarly existed in this country long before the UK became a member of the EU.
Regulations on the financial sector will be for the Government to decide at a future date. I would point out that the UK leads the international agenda to crack down on tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance. During the anticorruption summit in London a range of measures to tackle corruption were discussed, including promoting tax transparency.
Food standards will be discussed in due course but I can assure you that the Government will work in the best interests of the British people.
Thank you again for taking the time to get in touch.