Potters Bar MP reveals his Brexit deal voting intention

PUBLISHED: 11:40 15 January 2019 | UPDATED: 11:42 15 January 2019

Oliver Dowden in Parliament. Picture: Parliament TV

Oliver Dowden in Parliament. Picture: Parliament TV

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How will Potters Bar's MP Oliver Dowden cast his ballot in tonight's vote on Theresa May's Brexit withdrawal bill?

After 7pm this evening MPs will cast their vote on whether to agree to the Prime Minister’s Brexit Withdrawal Bill.

The vote had been planned for December 11, but was postponed after it became clear that Mrs May was facing a likely defeat.

This evening she tries again and the country will learn if she has managed to persuade her own MPs.

Potters Bar’s MP Oliver Dowden said he believes the deal has “many compromises” but he plans to support it.

“I’ve been clear since the referendum that the British people, and the people of Hertsmere, voted narrowly but clearly to the leave the EU,” he said.

“I stood on a manifesto promising to honour that vote and intend to do so.

“Of course there are many compromises in the deal that the PM has agreed, but any deal involves compromises.

However, I believe it delivers on the essence of what people voted for, namely we regain control of migration policy into the UK, we end massive contributions to the EU and we are beginning the process of regaining control over our laws.

“At the same time we are ensuring a smooth path for exiting the EU, avoiding the considerable economic and political disruption of leaving with no deal.

“The UK has been a member of the EU for over 40 years. Over that time we have developed an intertwining system of rights and obligations, which will take time to unwind.

“I understand the frustration of some people at the time that this process is taking and the compromises involved, but on balance I believe the approach set out by the Prime Minister is the right one.”

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