Europe Statement from Michael

In June 2016 the British people voted to leave the European Union. Parliament agreed to respect the Referendum result, and now that the people have had their say, it is vital that Parliament respects their wishes.

My strong preference is for the UK to leave the EU with a deal in place. The Prime Minister has, against all odds, successfully re-negotiated a great new Brexit Deal – one which implements the Referendum result, ditches the Backstop, and protects jobs, the environment and workers’ rights. With this new deal we can leave the EU in a responsible and orderly manner.

58.4% of Northampton Borough voters voted to leave, and by supporting the Government’s position on Brexit I am very much representing constituents of Northampton North.

I voted to leave with a deal 4 times. Corbyn’s Labour and other parties have repeatedly blocked a deal, but have suggested no alternatives, resulting in years of delay. Most recently, the outgoing Parliament voted for the Prime Minister’s new deal but then voted against implementing it.

Labour have openly pledged to cause further dither and delay by having another referendum, and the Lib Dems have said they will cancel Brexit without consulting the people.

It is crucial that we have this General Election to deliver a majority of MPs to Parliament that will accept the referendum result, pass the Prime Minister’s new deal, and move on to focus on your domestic priorities. Only by voting Conservative can we finally get Brexit done.