Matthew Handycock’s letter to his constituents regarding Brexit…
Thank you for writing to me about Brexit.
I agree that it is vital that there are no attempts to remain inside the EU and no second referendum. The result of the referendum was clear, and I was elected on a manifesto to deliver that result. Turnout was larger than at any election since 1992 and no party in British history has ever received as many votes as the vote to leave did. I therefore think we have a duty to deliver the referendum result and I am striving to provide a deal that unites the country.
The withdrawal agreement outlines the UK’s exiting of the European Union. The transition period implementation period begins on 29 March 2019 and lasts until 31 December 2020. I welcome that it is time limited and temporary. This agreement prevents a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, whilst protecting our precious union, something which is incredibly important to me.
To be clear, the withdrawal agreement is not the long term future arrangement between the UK and the EU. The future relationship is currently under negotiation, and I am working hard to ensure we get the best deal possible.
This deal means that free movement will end, returning control to the UK over who comes to the country. The UK will also be leaving the single market and customs union, renegotiating an ambitious relationship that gives the UK more economic freedom.
I also welcome that UK will no longer be paying vast sums of money to the EU, and we will be able to spend that money on our own priorities, such as the NHS.
We will also leave the Common Agriculture Policy and the Common Fisheries Policy. The agreement recognises Britain as an independent coastal state, and a new relationship will be implemented after the transition period.
I firmly believe that Britain has a bright future ahead, as an outward looking, global country. Member states of the European Union will remain close neighbours and allies, whilst the UK forges stronger relationships with the rest of the world, including the commonwealth.
I believe the proposal is the best possible option for delivering a Brexit that works for the people of this great country and honours the result of the referendum. It provides the controls on immigration and control over our laws that many leave voters were concerned about, whilst providing the economic stability that many remain voters wanted.
Thank you again for taking the time to write to me. Please do not hesitate to get in touch again if you have any further concerns.
Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP
Member of Parliament for West Suffolk | Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
House of Commons | London | SW1A 0AA / 020 7219 7186
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