Potters Bar MP Oliver Dowden will vote for Brexit

PUBLISHED: 16:10 25 January 2017 | UPDATED: 16:14 25 January 2017

Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden

Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden

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Potters Bar’s MP has pledged to vote for Britain to leave the EU but said he will try to ‘influence the terms of our exit’.

After the Supreme Court yesterday confirmed that Parliament must vote before the Government triggers Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the Welwyn Hatfield Times asked Oliver Dowden, MP for Hertsmere, how he would vote, and whether he might back opposition amendments.

He replied: “I am absolutely clear that Article 50 must be triggered. I stood for election on a manifesto which promised to give the British people their say on membership of the European Union for the first time in 40 years.

“One of my first acts as Hertsmere’s member of Parliament was to vote in favour of the referendum, and I was joined by the overwhelming majority of my parliamentary colleagues on both sides of the House, with MPs voting six to one in favour.

“The referendum effectively delegated the decision on whether to remain or leave the European Union to the British people. There was a hard-fought campaign where all the arguments were heard.

“The British people decided in a close but decisive vote to leave the European Union.

“I think all members of Parliament are duty bound to respect the will of the electorate and support the triggering of Article 50. The vote should be an opportunity for Parliament to signal its support for leaving the European Union and not used to bind the negotiating position of the Government by adding further conditions.

“Once Article 50 is invoked, it is right for Parliament to debate and scrutinise the terms of our exit from the European Union. This is a duty I take extremely seriously as your member of Parliament and I will seek to influence the terms of our exit on behalf of constituents.

“I have already spoken in several debates on the issue. This year we will debate the Great Repeal Bill, which will consider the transfer of all European legislation into domestic law.

“Parliament will, of course, also have its say on the final deal negotiated by the Government.”


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