No one said it was ever going to be easy leaving the European Union. Unpicking forty years of complicated and technical regulations drawn up by bureaucrats in Brussels was always going to take enormous effort and a considerable amount of time.
However, the process has passed one significant hurdle. The piece of legislation – the EU Withdrawal Bill – overturning the Act of Parliament that agreed our entry into the EU in 1972 has passed the first stages in the House of Commons on its journey to becoming law. After two days of parliamentary debate, continuing in to the early hours of the morning MPs agreed to move the bill forward to detailed committee stage by 326 votes to 290. This was a demonstration of our Parliament implementing the democratic decision agreed by the British people. Yet Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, along with the Liberal Democrats and the SNP, spent hours arguing that this shouldn’t be the case. Many spoke about staying in the Single Market or the Customs Union (both key European institutions that the referendum result indicated people wanted to leave) or the necessity of another referendum before agreeing to leave. It was a sorry demonstration of an attempt by politicians to ignore British public opinion. Labour saying one thing but then doing another, seeking to undermine democracy and ignore the referendum result.
Last year’s referendum delivered a clear result in Great Yarmouth and as the local Member of Parliament I respect that result and have a duty to make sure it is implemented that’s why in the early hours of Tuesday morning I voted to uphold that decision. We must deliver on Brexit and get the best deal for the UK, ensuring a good relationship with our friends and trading partners across Europe and the rest of the world.
Working for you in Great Yarmouth and Westminster
As Immigration Minister much of my time is spent in Westminster and around the country, as well as criss-crossing the English Channel to meetings with European counterparts to discuss the details of how Britain controls her borders and deals with immigration. So, over the summer months, whilst Parliament wasn’t sitting it was great to be able to spend more time in Great Yarmouth with family and friends, as well visiting many local organisations and events.
These are just a few of the things, I have been dealing with on your behalf over the summer:
- Supported the launch of a new community housing trust, which will concentrate on providing new homes for local people, particularly in our rural areas.
- Called for improvements to the maintenance of Great Yarmouth town centre, so that it is clean and attractive for both residents and visitors.
- Demanded better signage for Gorleston High Street.
- Wrote to ministers in support of a Third River Crossing, setting out how it would improve traffic movement and boost the local economy and jobs.
- Met with the Chairman of the Clinical Commissioning Group to discuss healthcare in Great Yarmouth.
- Went out on the new Border Patrol Boat, based in Great Yarmouth, used to detect criminal activity whether that it illegal immigration or customs offences along our coastline.
- Along with my constituency team dealt with hundreds of pieces of casework.
Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP