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 voting on whether to permit a no deal exit or to remove no deal as an option.
This will be followed by a vote on Thursday 14th March on a further motion relating to the Government asking the EU for an extension to the Article 50 period – the time the UK has to agree its withdrawal from the EU.
This is a very fluid time and I know a number of my constituents have written to me and are concerned by this period of uncertainty. Regrettably I will not be able to respond to many correspondents before the votes have taken place, but I shall respond to those who have written to me recently to explain how I have voted and why.
I can assure you that I will weigh up the value of the amendments to the motion against the promises I made at the General Election in 2017 and the concerns of my constituents. I want the UK to leave the EU in accordance with the referendum result. But we must leave in a managed way and avoid a no deal departure.