I don't believe that we need a second referendum on the outcome of the negotiations, nor that we should revoke Article 50. The British people have already expressed their desire to leave the European Union and it is right that Government listens and acts upon that democratic decision.
The ballot paper presented voters with an unambiguous choice to remain in the EU or to Leave. The consequences of either decision were communicated by campaign groups through a variety of print, audio-visual and digital media.
The Government also sent a document to every household in the UK on the benefits of staying in the EU. The people were promised that, "[t]his is your decision. The Government will implement what you decide."
It is vital that politicians act upon that referendum result, rather than decide to hold a second vote or entertain the notion that we should revoke Article 50. Either course of action would be a serious failure of our democratic institutions and would damage trust in our politics.
Further, 85% of MPs were elected in 2017 on the basis of manifestos that committed to leaving the EU. Some parties in the past have broken their manifesto pledges, for example in relation to tuition fees. I believe it would be wrong to follow that mistake.
I will continue to do all I can to deliver a successful Brexit. I do not believe that it is in anyone’s interest to delay further. This will simply prolong uncertainty for residents and businesses alike.