A number of lessons were heard by the Conservative Party during the election campaign, particularly for a determined national consensus on how we leave the EU.

The Prime Minister’s determination is that this negotiation should be guided by what is in the best interests of the UK and this will be clear as time goes on. We should now demonstrate that we have a sounding board for parameters consisting of senior Parliamentarians across the Parties, along with some leading business and agriculture figures, for example. Indeed, the opening paragraph of the Queen’s Speech stated:

My Government’s priority is to secure the best possible deal as the country leaves the European Union. My Ministers are committed to working with Parliament, the devolved administrations, business and others to build the widest possible consensus on the country’s future outside the European Union.

This would demonstrate to the EU that what had seemed a weakened position, with the loss of a majority, has been transformed into a stronger position in which a sense of national endeavour was shown in the degree of agreement for its position.  Doing this would enable the Government to move forward on its timetable, with a sense of backing from public and Parliament.

Constituents should be in no doubt that the Government will respect the result of referendum - particularly because it was the point of view of the Parties which received over 80 per cent of the votes at the recent General Election.  Our determination is to take as many people in the country with us but it is important to remember that it is a negotiation that involves more than us and, ultimately, the terms will be decided as much by our partners in the EU as by ourselves.