04 APR 2017

Coastal Scene Column - 31st March 2017

"It has been a momentous week in Westminster as the Prime Minister triggered Article 50, the formal notification that the United Kingdom is leaving the EU. This begins the negotiation process that will lead us toward a new partnership with Europe.

Whilst the referendum last June was a vote to leave the EU, it was not a vote to leave Europe – we want to continue to be reliable partners and close friends with our neighbours. So in that spirit, we are not seeking partial membership of the EU, associate membership, or anything that leaves us half-in, half-out. The Prime Minister will seek a new and equal partnership between an independent, self-governing, Global Britain and our friends in the EU. It remains firmly in Britain's national interest that the EU should succeed after we have left.

Part of the process is to pass the Great Repeal Bill in Parliament, which the Government is preparing. The Great Repeal Bill will repeal the European Communities Act, meaning that EU law will no longer have supremacy over UK law. The Bill will also transpose all EU legislation in domestic UK law so the British Parliament will decide whether we keep, amend or repeal them as necessary.

Whilst the process of leaving the EU will inevitably mean some tough decisions the Government has a Plan for Britain which will deliver a stronger, fairer more united country. Throughout Brexit and beyond the Prime Minister has pledged that we will help people with everyday costs and bills by acting to ensure consumer markets work as they should whilst cracking down on individuals and businesses who abuse the system. She has also committed to delivering a modern industrial strategy that spreads jobs and prosperity across the country – good news for us in Suffolk.

Finally, a few words about the terrorist attack in Westminster last week. This was an attack on our democracy, which failed with a tragic loss of life. We will never give in to terrorism and our democratic institutions will never be defeated. It was business as usual the following day as MPs went about their work."

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