I have every confidence in ability of the Government to secure a deal that guarantees a strong and special partnership with the EU. The Prime Minister has said that she wants the best possible access to European markets for UK businesses and I wholeheartedly agree with this aim. It is in the interests of both sides to secure a good deal.
Parliament had already been promised its say on the final withdrawal deal so I was disappointed that my colleague Dominic Grieve MP pressed his amendment to a vote given these reassurances. I do not believe, however, that there should be a second referendum. The referendum campaign was fought, turnout was high and the public has given its verdict. The Government must deliver the result.
I also do not believe that the UK should continue its membership of the EU's single market after leaving the EU. Remaining a member would require the UK to continue accepting freedom of movement and we would also have to accept the EU's rules and regulations with no say over them.
The UK and the EU have secured reciprocal rights for British citizens in the EU and EU citizens living in the UK. The rights of EU citizens in the UK will be upheld by UK law in the Withdrawal and Implementation Bill.