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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.


Dear Constituent Thank you for contacting me about recent Brexit and political events. Over recent weeks I have received a high volume of correspondence from constituents from all views on Brexit. Many have written to express concern about the prospect of a no deal...

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Answers to some Brexit FAQs

As the debate continues, I hope that this attempt to answer some of the most-asked questions, and to explain why I have done what I have done, is helpful. Why don’t you just get on with it? I agree. That is why I have voted for the Prime Minister’s deal three times....

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Richard’s speech in the debate last night

Richard Benyon (Newbury) (Con) I have agreed with my right hon. Friend the Member for West Dorset (Sir Oliver Letwin) on almost everything. He and I were on the same side in the referendum. In the Government and on the Back Benches, I have been awed by his intellect...

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Indicative votes

I continue to receive a high volume of correspondence from constituents expressing many different views on the current process of our withdrawal from the EU. As you can appreciate this is a very fluid situation and at this stage I cannot give a clear answer to all the...

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Brexit votes update

On Tuesday 12th March I voted in support of the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated between the UK Government and EU. I supported the deal as it offers a pragmatic way to honour the result of the referendum and move us to the next phase of negotiations. On Wednesday 13th...

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The votes this week

This week, Parliament has been voting on measures relating to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. On Tuesday 12th March, the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated between the UK Government and EU was defeated in the House of Commons. On Wednesday 13th March Parliament is...

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