Thank you to all those constituents who have contacted me over the last few weeks about the many amendments which were tabled to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill.

The Bill ensures that the UK delivers the referendum result in the smoothest possible way and that is why I support it. It is not about whether we leave the EU or not. It provides certainty for businesses, repealing the European Communities Act 1972 which gives effect to EU law in the UK, and converts all EU law into UK law.

The main area of concern has been Amendment 7 regarding Parliamentary approval of the final deal with the EU, which was narrowly passed. Prior to this vote, the Government had stated that MPs would have at least three formal opportunities to have a say on the UK's withdrawal from the EU, in addition to the many debates that take place in Parliament every week:

  • MPs would have a vote on whether to accept the final deal or not as soon as possible after the end of the negotiations.

  • The Prime Minister had also separately promised that a Bill would be brought forward so that the withdrawal agreement reached with the EU could be put into UK domestic law. This would give MPs another chance to debate, scrutinise and vote on the deal reached with the EU including the agreement on citizens' rights, any financial settlement and the implementation period.

  • Further agreements reached on the UK and the EU's future relationship would additionally be implemented through legislation where necessary. This would give MPs an opportunity again to scrutinise the deal reached the EU. 

The outcome of the vote on Amendment 7 will not stop, delay or reverse the decision to leave the EU in accordance with the wishes of the majority of British people. 

It is in the interests of both sides to secure a good deal and I have every confidence in the ability of the Prime Minister and the Government to achieve this.