Brexit and Prorogation

As Members of Parliament return to Westminster this week, the political news is changing all the time.

Ordinarily, MPs would be sitting for the next two weeks before heading into recess for the Party Conference season until October.

Last week, it was announced that Parliament will be prorogued from next week until October 14th and then there will be a State Opening of Parliament, where the Queen will lay out the Government’s bills for the next session. Proroguing Parliament will result in the House of Commons sitting for just four or five days less than is usually the case. Some people have claimed this suspension will prevent MPs being able to debate Brexit, yet we have debated little else for the last three years. It’s hard to see what would be achieved in those four or five missed days that hasn’t been covered in the last three years.

In this fast-moving environment, things are changing on an hour-by-hour basis – sometimes minute-by-minute and it is unclear what will happen next.

Like two-thirds of people in Dartford, I voted to leave the European Union in the June 2016 referendum. I want to see the UK leave the EU on October 31st, preferably with a deal but if the EU refuses to change the deal currently on the table then I believe leaving without a deal will be less damaging than continuing to delay Brexit.

Some MPs will endeavour to stop the UK leaving without a deal and will try to take over the House of Commons’ Order Paper and thus prevent the Government actually governing. I believe though that it is the responsibility of every Parliamentarian to implement the outcome of the referendum. If we are prevented from doing this on October 31st then a General Election may be forced on us. I don’t believe there is any appetite for another election, but it may be that the Government has its hands tied by those who have never been able to reconcile themselves with the outcome of the referendum.

I resigned from Theresa May’s Government because I couldn’t vote in any other way than to implement Brexit. I will continue to do all I can to deliver on the instruction we were given by the British people three years ago.

In the coming weeks Brexit will continue to dominate British politics, but I hope we can soon move forward, away from this very divisive issue and get on with the job of running the country and focusing on key policies, such as health, education and crime prevention.