The UK voted to Leave the European Union in an historic Referendum on 23rd June, 2016. Whilst, on the basis of the revised terms agreed by David Cameron, Jeremy supported ‘Remain’ in the Referendum campaign, he pledged prior to the vote to honour the outcome of the Referendum and repeated this commitment as prior to the 2017 General Election. Since the Referendum Jeremy has consistently voted in Parliament in line with this commitment.
When it was brought before the Commons, Jeremy supported the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated by the United Kingdom with the 27 remaining EU states. He believes it represents a sensible and pragmatic route to leaving the EU while avoiding damaging economic dislocation.
The Withdrawal Agreement returns sovereignty to the UK: the UK will leave the jurisdiction of the ECJ; Parliament will resume full control of immigration policy, law and regulations in the UK; the UK will take back full control of our fishing waters and agricultural policy and much else besides.
The Agreement also protects the rights of UK citizens resident in the EU; ensures the Ireland/Northern Ireland border remains open; provides an implementation period to help UK businesses and farmers adjust and guarantees no customs, quotas or tariffs will be imposed on our trade with Europe.
Jeremy endeavours to respond to all residents who write to him on this important issue but regular updates on his views on what is a fast-changing situation are posted below.