Thank you for contacting me about the UK's exit from the EU.
I want to assure you that I have no intention of stopping, delaying or reversing the UK's exit from the EU. The British people voted in an historic referendum in 2016 to leave the EU and enable the UK to regain its sovereignty. This is what the Government intends to deliver and it is what I will be working to achieve in Parliament.
The Prime Minister has been clear that leaving the EU means leaving the single market and the customs union. I was elected on a manifesto commitment last year to do just that. As you rightly mention, both campaigns were also clear during the referendum what a vote to leave the EU would mean.
With reference to the example of the referendum on Welsh devolution, I am well aware of the result and implementation of it, having been Secretary of State for Wales and having held the subsequent 2011 referendum during my tenure. I am also the Rapporteur on Referenda on the Council of Europe, and I can assure you I take the importance of implementing a referendum with the upmost seriousness.
After we leave the EU, free movement will end, the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice will no longer apply and we will no longer send vast sums of money to the EU. The Government has proposed an implementation period to give companies in the UK and Europe time to adjust to new arrangements but this will be strictly time-limited to the end of 2020.
The European Commission has predicted that 90 per cent of future world growth will come from outside of Europe and we will soon be able to make our own trade deals for the first time in over 40 years. While as much frictionless trade with Europe must also be secured, I look forward to having our own independent trade policy as soon as possible.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.
Updated July 2018