This week is undoubtedly one of the most important in Parliament for many years, and my vote tonight is not a decision I have taken lightly.
I have previously laid out my principles on approaching Brexit here. To summarise, I have been consistent in delivering the clear wishes of both my constituents and the UK more widely in their desire to leave the EU.
Today I shall vote in favour of the Prime Minister’s deal for the second time. It is far from perfect but delivers much of what those who voted to leave the EU wanted. It ensures that we end the free movements of people, end the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice and no longer send vast sums of money to Brussels. It further secures the rights of Milton Keynes residents living in the European Union, and vice versa. We will leave the Common Agricultural Policy and the Common Fisheries Policy.
I believe that supporting the Withdrawal Agreement is the surest way that the majority vote of Milton Keynes is respected as ultimately, it guarantees that we leave the EU. If the deal is voted down and on Wednesday ‘no deal’ is removed from the table, we will be asked to extend Article 50. For how long and at what cost will no longer be ours to decide as these choices will be firmly placed in the hands of the EU.
In short, I will vote to honour the manifesto commitment I stood on, to deliver the wishes of my constituents and exit the European Union.