Like many of you, I am disappointed that we have not yet left the EU over 3 years after we voted to leave.
The Prime Minister has secured a new Brexit deal with the EU that lays the clear foundation for a comprehensive future Free Trade Agreement and delivers on the promises made to British public during the 2016 referendum. He is resolute that the UK will leave the EU with his new deal which has passed its Second Reading in the House of Commons.
Over 17.4 million people and 73% of the constituents of South Basildon & East Thurrock voted to leave the EU in 2016. I strongly believe that their vote should be honoured. Politicians cannot choose which public votes they respect. The longer the UK's exit is frustrated, the greater the risk the trust of the electorate in the democratic process is undermined.
The UK must leave with EU with or without a deal. The Government is fully prepared to leave without a deal and I would support them doing so if necessary, but I remain hopeful that we leave with the new deal.
I hope that this General Election will secure a Conservative Party working majority in the House of Commons to deliver on Brexit.
I believe that pessimistic predictions over No Deal are overblown, that the British people are much stronger than many think and that respecting democracy and reinstalling trust in politics is paramount. I campaigned for Brexit, I voted for Brexit and I will continue to be consistent in my pursuit to deliver Brexit as voted for by 73% of my constituents & 17.4 million people.