Weekly Column 03.10.18

This week is the Conservative conference in Birmingham and I am joining in with the debate together with thousands of others.

Much of the debate at all the Party Conferences this year has been about Brexit and in Labour’s latest round of Brexit chaos, which dominated their conference, Jeremy Corbyn refused to rule out delaying Brexit, breaking his promise to respect the referendum result.

As a member of the Cabinet, I have been closely involved with this extremely important issue and would like to reassure the many residents in Staffordshire Moorlands who have written to me with their concerns that I have no intention of stopping, delaying or reversing the UK's exit from the EU. The British people voted in an historic referendum in 2016 to leave the EU and enable the UK to regain its sovereignty. This is what the Government intends to deliver and it is what I will be working to achieve in Parliament. 
The Prime Minister has been clear that leaving the EU means leaving the single market and the customs union. I was elected on a manifesto commitment last year to do just that.

I therefore fully support our Prime Minister, Theresa May who said,

 “The referendum was the largest democratic exercise this country has ever undergone.  To deny its legitimacy or frustrate its result threatens public trust in our democracy.

That is why for over two years I have worked day and night to deliver a deal that sees the UK leave the EU.

I have worked to bring people with me even when that has not always seemed possible.

No one wants a good deal more than me.

But the EU should be clear: I will not overturn the result of the referendum. Nor will I break up my country.”