The Prime Minister has this week triggered Article 50, beginning the process of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.
It is a historic moment which honours the democratic decision of last year’s referendum. Leaving the EU gives us the opportunity to restore Parliament’s control over our own laws. Whilst this is a period of upheaval, the government are going to take this opportunity to build a stronger, fairer Britain.
I know from my mailbox that whilst many will be pleased with this decision, many are saddened and disappointed. However, regardless of where individuals stood on the referendum, it is right that we come together and deliver the best outcome for the country. I will continue to speak strongly for Salisbury ensuring that everyone, whether they voted leave or remain, will have their interests represented in Westminster. I want to be clear that this must include those EU nationals who have made this country their home.
The Prime Minister has been clear that we are leaving the European Union, but we are not leaving Europe – and we want to remain committed partners and allies to our friends across the continent. We want the European Union to succeed and prosper. Indeed, as a close friend and neighbour, we hope to enjoy a deep and special partnership with the European Union once we leave.
The Government want negotiations to proceed in a fair and orderly manner, minimising disruption and giving as much certainty as possible – which will benefit both sides. This is why it will seek to agree our future partnership alongside our withdrawal, reaching agreement on both within the two years allowed for by Article 50. The Great Repeal Bill will also provide legal certainty by converting the body of existing EU law into UK law, wherever practical and appropriate, at the point of exit.
Britain leaving the European Union will be a complex process but the Prime Minister has set out an optimistic and realistic plan for our future outside the EU.