Greg says: The decision whether Britain should leave or remain in the European Union was a decision that was made by the whole country in a referendum in 2016, when a clear majority voted to leave.

Following this, the House of Commons voted in 2018 to trigger Article 50 and thereby to commence the legal process to leave the EU.

The vote that took place this January on the Prime Minister’s proposed deal was therefore not about whether Britain leaves the EU but was about the terms upon which this should take place.

Many MPs were unhappy about what Mrs May was proposing and having considered in detail what was proposed, I too became concerned that there is potentially an indefinite ‘backstop’ arrangement, where the EU holds a veto over our ability to exit.  The terms of the proposals also amount to the UK accepting an amalgam of the EU Customs Union and Single Market obligations.

So far as I am aware, no democratic nation has ever signed up to be bound by such an extensive regime, imposed externally upon us without any UK democratic control over the laws to be applied, nor the ability to decide to exit the arrangement.

Together with over 100 Conservatives who, like me, want to see the Brexit the public voted for being properly delivered, I voted against this plan because I do not support a ‘half in-half out’ fudge.

I hope that progress can be made before 29th March.

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The 2016 national referendum result was:

REMAIN: 48% LEAVE 52%

The result in East Yorkshire was an even bigger vote for leave, namely

REMAIN: 39.6% LEAVE: 60.4%

Some people who voted ‘remain’ are now asking for a second referendum because the vote was not what they anticipated. Greg is disappointed that they are unwilling to see the national democratic vote implemented and are asking for the views of over 17 million people to be tossed aside.

If you want to know more, or wish to let Greg know your views on this matter, then please send an email to: secretary@gregknight.com