I campaigned to remain in the EU but I am a democrat and recognise the decision taken by the country in a referendum approved by an Act of Parliament. I accepted that it was the Government’s right to decide when to trigger Article 50 and this was duly done in March 2017. However, Parliament will have a say on the terms of withdrawal and this is where my mandate from the vote in West Berkshire will come in. I am determined to get the best possible outcome for the individuals and businesses that I represent. The country voted to leave the European Union; it didn’t vote on how we should leave.

Richard’s response to the Chequers Agreement

July 2018 Dear Constituent Thank you for contacting me about the agreement reached at Chequers on the UK’s future relationship with the EU. The Prime Minister’s proposals represent a realistic and practical vision that delivers the referendum decision in full. Let me...

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EUROPEAN UNION (Withdrawal) BILL – Richard’s speech on the Lords Amendments

I have received representation on a number of different areas including voting to stay in the EEA, voting to stay in the customs union and single market, voting for a second referendum, and voting for a further vote in Parliament on the deal. Many have also written to me suggesting I would be wrong and disrespectful of the views of the people if I voted to support certain amendments to the Bill.

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Upping the Brexit tempo

This week in Parliament we get stuck in to the detail of Brexit. The EU (Withdrawal) Bill is a 66-page piece of legislation which does all the technical stuff needed to transpose laws and regulations that currently reside with the EU into UK law. About a year ago I...

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Quite a week in Westminster

On Monday we finished voting at about half past midnight. On these occasions the old lags deport themselves with a sort of macho chutzpa. “This is what it was like every night when I was new here,” they say. We were voting on the committee stage of the Bill to trigger...

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