A few people have sent me a standard campaign email about the Article 50 judgment and the subsequent vote in Parliament.

The Supreme Court decided that an Act of Parliament was required to invoke Article 50. Although I had argued that the Government had the power to begin the withdrawal process on its own, I fully accepted the Court's decision. No-one is above the law and respect for the judiciary is one of cornerstones of our free society. I am glad that the Government moved swiftly to abide by the Court's judgment in full.
 
On 1st February, Parliament voted on a bill to invoke Article 50, and I voted in favour of the Bill. Parliament voted by 498 to 114 in favour of invoking Article 50, which is an overwhelming majority.

As the Bill makes progress through the various stages, I believe that it would be democratically impossible to ignore the wishes of the electorate. The British people voted by an overwhelming majority in June last year to leave the EU and more people voted in the referendum than at any general election since 1992. No Prime Minister or Government in British history has ever received as large a mandate.
 
It is clear that a significant factor in the vote to leave was a desire for the UK to regain its sovereignty. This means being able to control the numbers of people coming to this country from Europe and leaving the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. This can only be achieved by leaving the single market. Being out of the EU but still a member of the single market would mean complying with the EU's rules and regulations without having a vote on what those rules and regulations are. I do not believe that this is what the vast majority of Leave voters voted for.


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