Published — 18 October, 2019

Statement on withdrawal from European Union


I will be voting for Boris Johnson’s deal, just as I voted three times for the Withdrawal Agreement agreed by Theresa May. It has always been my view that we need to implement the result of the 2016 referendum, but that we should do so in an orderly manner that presents the greatest chance of future success for our country.

Boris’s deal is similar to the Withdrawal Agreement which I supported. There are however a few changes, such as the removal of the Irish backstop which make the deal more appealing to unionists. I hope that this will increase support across the House of Commons.

Agreeing a deal is the best way of avoiding no deal. There are some MPs who favour a closer relationship with the European Union but who say they won’t support this deal. Those MPs are pushing us towards a no deal scenario.

If there is a vote on a second referendum, I will vote no. Both the Liberal Democrat and Green party leaders have said they would not support leaving even if that was the result of a second referendum. Why then should we have a referendum if those politicians calling for a referendum will not respect the result? Some MPs have shown they support democracy only when it produces the result they want.

Andrew Jones, Member of Parliament for Harrogate & Knaresborough

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