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I have received a large volume of correspondence on Brexit and would like to thank those who have shared their views with me.
Whilst I voted to remain in the EU Referendum on the 23 June 2016, I believe it is important to respect and uphold the outcome of the country and indeed of Waveney constituency, which returned a result in which 62.9% of constituents voted to leave the European Union, with a turnout of 72.6% and a margin of 16,934 votes.
The British people voted in an historic referendum in 2016 to leave the EU and enable the UK to regain its sovereignty. This is what the Government intends to deliver and it is what I have been working to achieve in Parliament and will continue to do over the coming months.
On balance I take the view that the Prime Minister’s deal is in the best interest of Waveney and the United Kingdom at this time, as it will forge a new unique relationship between the UK and the EU, whilst protecting constituents from the risks of a no-deal exit.
The deal is not perfect, it is a compromise, but that is so often the case in such complex negotiations. There are aspects of it which I do not like and it is important that the Prime Minister obtains further political and legal assurances from the EU that show that if at all possible the Backstop is never used and if it is, it will only be a temporary arrangement.
I do not consider that a people’s vote would be in the best interests of the United Kingdom. I believe any attempt to hold a re-run of the EU Referendum in 2016 would undermine our democracy and bring uncertainty to local businesses and communities. Equally, the feedback that I’m receiving from local businesses is that leaving the European Union without a deal in place would put local businesses and jobs at risk, in addition to losing the reciprocal agreements the Prime Minister has obtained on citizens’ rights, security arrangements and many other areas.
To further clarify my position and the ways in which I am seeking to help secure the revitalisation of Lowestoft’s fishing industry through the Brexit process, please view my updated position statement by clicking here.