Mercury Column – February 2017

Many residents have contacted me following last week’s Supreme Court ruling that Parliament must vote before the Government invokes Article 50 to commence our exit negotiations from the European Union. They have asked how I intend to vote when this comes before MPs in the next few weeks.
Let me be very clear, as I have been many times in this column, since the Referendum result last year. The British people voted decisively to leave the European Union, my job and that of the Government, is to ensure that happens and we get the best deal for Britain. I will vote to trigger Article 50.
It’s disappointing that so many people want to delay a democratically made decision. Nicola Sturgeon, and her Scottish Nationalist colleagues, shameful plans to scupper the Bill required to proceed with our negotiations, is nothing but naked political opportunism – an attempt to gain support for another Independence Referendum. Their plan will fail, as I believe the majority of MPs understand that they have a mandate from voters to proceed without delay.
The Prime Minister set out our principles for the forthcoming negotiations and how our relationship with the rest of Europe will be set. Most importantly, this means that we will take control of our laws by leaving the European Court of Justice. To do otherwise would mean we are not truly leaving the European Union. Likewise, we will no longer be members of the Single Market. We can and will seek new trade agreements across the globe. The UK’s history is as a global trading nation and I am confident we can strike deals around the world. Theresa May set out much more detail in this speech, and you can read about in on my website.
Although Westminster events are dominated by Brexit, my work as a constituency MP continues. This month will see the return of my Jobs Fair, which I am hosting at the Great Yarmouth Racecourse on Friday 24th February. These have proven extremely successful in the past and more employers are attending this than ever before. There will be workshops running throughout the day, staff from Job Centre Plus will provide help and advice on CV writing, and Barclays are running a Life Skills workshop. If you are seeking a new job or career change, pop along from 10 am on the day.