12 APR 2019

EADT Column - 10th April 2019

"Last month I held a public meeting for my constituents to ask me questions about the Brexit process. As I set out at that meeting, unfortunately and very frustratingly, the situation is very fluid at the moment. Parliament has been clear about the options it doesn't support but hasn't yet coalesced around an agreement to get Brexit over the line. A month on, nothing has changed in that regard.

That is the reason I supported the Prime Minister's deal – which would have allowed us to take back control of our borders, our laws and our money while protecting jobs and security – and crucially delivering on the referendum result by leaving the European Union. Unfortunately, there were too many people in my party that either wanted to stay in the EU or thought the deal was too much of a compromise – and with the Labour Party doing everything it could to destabilise the situation just to get another general election – we couldn't get the deal passed.

Whilst, I have supported the Prime Minister's deal, I have voted consistently against taking No Deal off the table and against a second referendum. I'm a democrat and it's absolutely essential that we respect the 2016 referendum result by leaving the EU.

I'm pleased that the Prime Minister has now brought the Leader of the Opposition back to the table in an effort the break the logjam – and I hope we can now make progress in leaving the EU in an orderly way. The majority of people I meet in Suffolk Coastal are fed up with all of this and just want Parliament "to get on with it". I will continue to work in Westminster to try and get a Withdrawal Agreement passed as quickly as possible.

On a lighter note, whilst helping out with a Great British Spring Clean litter pick in Woodbridge recently, I was delighted to present Jason Alexander with the Prime Minister's Point of Light award, recognising his amazing 'Rubbish Walks' work. Jason's campaign is very simple, every day he goes for a walk, picks up some litter and disposes of it properly – recycling what he can. Well done to Jason and everyone who joined me on the Great British Spring Clean."

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