Thursday 14th March 2019
To remain true to my Constituents, the majority of whom voted to leave in the 2016 Referendum, I can confirm that I will today vote against an extension to Article 50 of the Treaty of Europe.
Regardless of the vote in Parliament last night, the default position in both Domestic and International law currently remains unchanged; the United Kingdom will leave the European Union on Friday 29th March 2019 with or without a deal.
In my view, voting against an extension to Article 50 is now the only way I can play my part to ensure the United Kingdom leaves the European Union as intended on Friday 29th March 2019.
Wednesday 13th March 2019
The purpose of this statement is to clarify my position following the vote by Parliament on Tuesday 12th March 2019 to reject the Withdrawal Agreement, Political Declaration and Joint Interpretive Instrument as negotiated by Her Majesty’s Government.
At every opportunity I have consistently voted to enact the will of the majority of my Constituents to leave the European Union, as expressed in the 2016 Referendum.
Whilst I continue to believe that leaving the European Union with the current deal would be the best outcome for the United Kingdom, it is clear that this view does not command a majority in the House of Commons.
Therefore, in order to fulfil the manifesto pledge on which I was elected in June 2017 and to do my utmost to ensure that the United Kingdom leaves the European Union on Friday 29th March 2019, I will today vote in favour of retaining the option to leave the European Union without a deal.
On a personal note, given the concerns expressed by the House of Commons about the Withdrawal Agreement in its current form, and more specifically with regards to the Irish Backstop arrangement, it is deeply disappointing that the European Union has so far been unable to negotiate a compromise that is acceptable to Parliament, which has now led to this regrettable state of affairs.