European Union Withdrawal Bill

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11 Sep 2017
Thank you for your email about this evening’s vote on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill. 

I accept and respect the result of last year's referendum and the Government must now secure a good Brexit deal to safeguard jobs, security, rights and protections. As you know, the Bill will repeal the European Communities Act 1972 and convert EU law into UK law so that there is certainty from the moment we leave the EU. This will then allow Parliament to repeal, amend or replace any EU-derived laws as necessary in the future. I do not underestimate this task and it is important that the Government get this vital legislation right. 

In my letter sent before the Article 50 vote in January I promised not to block or delay any legislation relating to our exit from the EU. I repeated this promise in much of my election literature just a few months ago. In light of this I will be abstaining on the vote for a second reading this evening. To vote against would be a direct contradiction of the promises I made and was elected on only a few months ago.

The Government however still has many serious questions to answer and it is important that we get on with the job of making sure we can have as smooth an exit from the European Union as possible. I will carry on pressuring the government to ensure that we achieve a deal that is good for the people of Rother Valley and Britain as a whole. We will have further votes on this bill in the coming weeks and I will consider all amendments no matter which party has tabled them, if I believe they will help to achieve a good deal for Britain.

Thank you once again for writing to me and for sharing your views. 

Yours sincerely,

Sir Kevin Barron MP

Member of Parliament for Rother Valley