Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.

30 MAY 2018

Don't Block Brexit

Thank you for writing to me about the result of the referendum and the key debates and votes that lie ahead on the EU withdrawal bill as well as the customs and trade bills.

I will be respecting the decision to leave the EU but do not agree that the referendum delivered a mandate for a walk-away, no deal Brexit on WTO terms. That would have far reaching adverse consequences that would leave individuals and families poorer if businesses were unable to trade and collapsed or moved abroad as a result.

I hope that we will be able to remain in the EEA and EFTA in order, like Norway, to regain control of our fishing grounds whilst retaining the benefits of full access to the single market. I also feel that we need an effective customs union to allow frictionless trade and safeguard peace in Northern Ireland.

I do not agree that campaigning for a deal that keeps us closely aligned in a trading relationship with the EU is an attempt to frustrate Brexit. I was struck during the campaign by how many people told me that they had voted to join a 'common market' not a political union and wanted to return to that situation. I recognise that the majority have voted to leave the political union of the EU but would urge you to look at the mounting evidence from cross Party Select Committees which sets out just how damaging it would be for us to leave with no deal.

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