After three and a half years, which included one referendum, two general elections, and the British people’s clear decision on each of these occasions, last night in the House of Commons I joined my Conservative colleagues in voting for the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill at its third reading, which passed by 330 votes to 231.
This means the Bill has completed its progress through the Commons and now heads to the House of Lords.
This legislation will ensure that the UK ceases to be an EU member at 11pm on 31st January; the EU Communities Act 1972 will be repealed and we will enter the implementation period.
It is time for our nation to focus on other priorities. The Chancellor’s first Budget will take place in March, and will set out this Government’s plans to unleash Britain’s potential.
These include tackling the cost of living for hard-working people, delivering world-class public services like our NHS and investing in green infrastructure to reduce carbon emissions.
At the start of 2020 we can make sure that we enjoy a decade of renewal – let’s take this opportunity and make the most of it.
Henry Smith MP