Brexit

The events immediately following the result of the EU referendum were momentous and will shape the future of our country for years to come.

Against all the odds and certainly against expectations of the government and the markets the British people decided that, after 43 years as a member of the EU, it was no longer for us.

I hear that message and respect and agree with that decision, and the Government must too. In my constituency, the margin of the vote to Leave was higher than the national figure at around 55%-45%. With a turnout of 72% of the British public, which was the highest in a UK-wide election since 1992, 17,410,742 people voting Leave – the biggest vote in British history for anything – and with all the regions of the UK voting to ‘Leave’ outside London, Scotland and Northern Ireland, it was a solid endorsement. 

Regardless of your position on the Leave/Remain question, this was certainly a victory for democracy and I hope that this level of engagement on important political issues can be maintained in the future.

News

Weekly look ahead: January 28th

From a very moving and windy Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony, I set out what this week ahead looks like - Brexit events, developments with the Home Affairs Select Committee and important constituency work.

Weekly look ahead: 21st January

My weekly look ahead, discussing important issues such as Holocaust Memorial Day, constituency issues, my bill - and, inevitably, Brexit news!

 

January Brexit Update

From College Green at the start of this incredibly significant week, with my take on why I can't vote for the Withdrawal Agreement in its current form, and a look ahead to how my Bill - the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths Bill - is faring getting through Parliament.

BBC Sunday Politics South

A compilation of clips from BBC Sunday Politics South, where I appeared with Anneliese Dodds MP to go over all things Brexit. The whole episode is available here should this whet your appetite! 

Brexit Update

Here is my pre-Christmas Brexit podcast giving an update on all aspects of Brexit. It is in part as a response to the many constituents who have written to me about Brexit in recent weeks, from both the Leave and Remain perspectives.

EU Withdrawal Agreement

Today I am standing up for Brexit, I spent the weekend in a dark room with a hot towel on my head reading the 585-page draft EU Withdrawal Agreement, which is not even the agreement that we are going to end up with, it is just the terms on which we can negotiate a future agreement! 

Thoughts on Prime Minister's negotiations, People's Vote & Brexit

It has been a roller-coaster last few weeks on the Brexit front and I have received a great many emails from constituents asking me to support a People's Vote, to support the Prime Minister and to "just get on with it" and leave, as well as everything in between!

Government Fisheries Bill to take back control of UK waters

Today, the government are introducing the Fisheries Bill to Parliament, which will create the powers to build a sustainable, profitable UK fishing industry and deliver a Green Brexit with new protections for our precious marine environment.