Thank you for contacting me about holding a vote on the deal reached between the UK and the EU.
I do not support holding a second Referendum.
Parliament gave the British people the final say on the UK's membership of the EU. As in every election, it was up to the electorate to judge the merits of the different arguments and over 17.4 million voters decided to leave the EU. I supported Remaining in the EU but consistently said that I would respect the outcome of the national vote.
I repeated this pledge prior to the 2017 General Election. I was not alone. Both main political parties pledged in their manifestos at the General Election 2017 to respect the EU referendum result and these (and other parties with a similar policy stance) received well over 80 per cent of the vote.
MPs from across the political spectrum voted 494 to 122 in favour of invoking Article 50 in 2017. The exit negotiations are now well under way and I am confident that an agreement will be reached to the mutual benefit of the both the UK and the EU. MPs will vote on the deal when it comes to Parliament.
I do not think it would right to hold a second referendum in any event but I also feel that a pledge to put the final deal to a vote would have a negative impact in our ability to secure the best possible deal from the EU, which does not wish to see the UK leave.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.