The Prime Minister has made an announcement that her top priority is to deliver Brexit and deliver what people voted for – and to do this, she needs to get a deal over the line.
Many of the representations I have received, which span the complete range of opinion, have just urged me to get this over and done with as soon as possible.
Because Parliament has made clear, despite the compromise to our negotiating position, that it will stop the UK leaving without a deal, we now have a stark choice: leave the European Union with a deal or do not leave at all. I stood on an election manifesto pledge to deliver Brexit and that was the basis on which people voted for conservative candidates whether they supported leave or remain. I therefore must do my best to deliver this outcome.
The Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition have different opinions on many issues, but the fact is that on Brexit there are areas, as Labour candidates stood on an identical platform to deliver the result of the referendum, where the two main parties can agree: they both want to end free movement, they both want to leave with a good deal for the UK, and they both want to protect jobs and provide certainty to business and industry.
That could be the basis for a compromise that can win a majority in Parliament and winning that majority, at the present time seems to be the only way to deliver Brexit.
The longer this takes, the greater the risk of the UK never leaving at all. That would mean letting what the majority of the British people voted for in the referendum be overturned without a so much as a “by your leave”. It is right that the Government continues to try and honour the referendum result. Otherwise democracy is cast aside.
I understand in order to continue to try to achieve this the Prime Minister will go to Brussels this week to seek a short extension to Article 50. Her intention is to reach an agreement with fellow EU leaders that will mean if we can agree a deal here at home we can leave the EU in just six weeks.
If this can be achieved then we can then get on with building a new relationship with our nearest neighbours that will unlock the full potential of Brexit and deliver the brighter future that people voted for and I believe is achievable.