Last June, after a hard-fought campaign, the United Kingdom took the momentous decision to leave the European Union. Since that point, Theresa May and the Conservatives have worked hard to provide the leadership that Britain now requires to get us through the long negotiations and to ensure a more successful, open, proud and independent country in the future.
Over recent months, there has been much effort made by those who do not support the decision made by the people last year to thwart Brexit. Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the SNP have all threatened to try to stop or slowdown the mandate given by the British people last year in the hope that they can convince the government to change course.
Most people, however they voted in the referendum last year, recognise that the British government needs to get on with the job of negotiating the best possible deal for our country as we leave the EU.
Despite the challenges, Theresa May and the Government has already made significant progress in recent months, including agreeing the principles of the future relationship with the European Union and now moving onto discussions about our trading relationship in 2018. As your MP, I have consistently voted to get moving on Brexit and against those in Parliament who are seeking to slow down, or in quite a number of cases, frustrate, Brexit.
I will, of course, consider carefully all future votes and legislation that come before us in Parliament and will vote as I think best for the country and for North East Derbyshire. As a principle, however, the people have decided, the decision is made and we need to ensure that we leave the European Union in March 2019.