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.


18 MAY 2018

EEA

Thank you for writing to me about the EEA.

I have long supported this as an option following Brexit and have made this clear to colleagues in Government. I feel that a no-deal walkaway Brexit would be harmful to our economy and I would personally like to see us opt to be part of EEA / EFTA alongside an effective customs arrangement that ensures as frictionless a border as possible.

This would also allow us, like Norway, to regain control over our coastal waters.

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