EU Withdrawal Bill

Thank you for recently contacting me about the EU (Withdrawal) Bill.

I am confident in the ability of the Government to secure a deal that guarantees a deep and special partnership with the EU. As the Bill finished its Committee stage yesterday, I remain comfortable with the progress that is being made.

The Prime Minister has said that she wants the best possible access to European markets for UK businesses and I wholeheartedly agree with this aim. It is in the interests of both sides to secure a good deal.

As I have previously said,I am determined to make the most of the opportunities that leaving the EU presents. We are a global nation and, from my previous experience of having worked with the Department for International Trade, I am confident that we will be making new trade deals with countries from around the world.

Parliament has already been assured that it will have its say on the final withdrawal deal and I was disappointed that my colleague Dominic Grieve MP pressed his amendment to a vote given these reassurances. I do not support the belief that the UK should continue its membership of the single market after leaving the EU. Remaining a member would require the UK to accept the EU's rules and regulations with no say over them.

I am very pleased that reciprocal rights have been secured for British citizens in the EU and EU citizens living in the UK.

May I finish with a general point, I am happy to consider constructive suggestions to ensure the smooth delivery of Brexit – not those that are interested in an ongoing debate regarding a second referendum, or seeking to overturn the democratic wish of the country.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact me. May I take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.