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.
1st February 2017 Click this link if the video does not play http://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/6c20216a-6561-414d-8ad9-2d3a0036cab1?in=14:53:00&out=14:56:52...read more
23 January 2017 The question for MPs like me who campaigned hard for Britain to remain in the EU is a simple one. Do I seek to undermine the decision taken in the referendum by being a sort of Parliamentary insurgent opposing Brexit at every stage, or do I engage with...read more
17 January 2017 Richard’s contribution to this Opposition Day debate in the House of Commons on Tuesday 17 January can be read here or viewed...read more
17 January 2017 Listen to the PM’s speech in full on BBC 2’s Daily Politics programme, available (until 15 February) on BBC iplayer:...read more
December 2016 Thank you for contacting me about Parliamentary approval for leaving the EU. As you may well know by now, I have made it clear that I will be voting for Article 50. As with all matters relating to the referendum, how I vote in any Parliamentary...read more
December 2016 In the debate on the Labour motion on the triggering of Article 50 one of the most interesting speeches was made by Sir Oliver Letwin. As one of the great Parliamentary minds of our generation his thoughts are worth listening to. I print the transcript...read more