High Court ruling on Article 50

Houses of Parliament

Last week the High Court ruled that the Government could not trigger Article 50 to leave the EU without a vote in Parliament.

The Government is now appealing the decision at the Supreme Court and so we must wait until next month for the outcome.

As a supporter of Brexit, along with 64% of voters in Dartford, I want to see a swift withdrawal from the EU and for it to be a success for us all.

In the months since the referendum in June, there have been repeated calls for this vote in Parliament, but I am absolutely clear that Parliament does not have the right to undermine the referendum result.

A massive 17 million people voted to leave the EU, a majority of 52% and that result must be respected.

On Monday I was pleased that David Davis, the Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, reiterated this in the House of Commons stating that the Government has a duty to follow through the decision made by the people of this country.

There should not be a second referendum and there must not be any attempt by Parliament to use a vote to remain inside the EU.

As for Parliamentary scrutiny, there will be lots in the coming months and years ahead when the Great Repeal Bill is introduced and it is debated and examined in both the House of Commons and House of Lords as well as during the committee stages.

People came out in their millions to exercise their democratic right to leave the EU and we must move forward with that plan, the will of the people must be respected and carried out.