Boston and Skegness MP Matt Warman has warned in Parliament that democracy itself is at stake in the important first vote on the Government’s Article 50 Bill, as he told the House why he had no hesitation in supporting Theresa May’s plan for Brexit.
In the first day of debate on the Bill, Matt highlighted that many residents of his constituency, which recorded the highest ‘out’ vote in the country, voted to take back control of our laws, money and borders, and for Parliament to ignore this would be to risk undermining faith in democracy itself.
He said, “…there has been a sense—not over the last 18 months or over the period of the referendum campaign, but over the last 40 years—that the policies promoted by Westminster have become ever more remote from constituencies such as mine.” He also made clear that the electorate has not consented to the type of free movement we have seen from Europe, and that this was a central point for many people at the ballot box last June.
Matt commented, “As I said in the Commons, this Bill gives us the opportunity to take a step towards restoring faith in politics, which has increasingly become disconnected from small market towns such as Boston. I will be voting to trigger Article 50 tonight and I have no doubt that the vast majority of my colleagues will join me in respecting not only the will of the electorate, but democracy itself.”
Matt’s full speech can be found via the following link: https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2017-01-31/debates/C2852E15-21D3-4F03-B8C3-F7E05F2276B0/EuropeanUnion(NotificationOfWithdrawal)Bill#contribution-49FDEFD1-FBC8-4D8F-80DE-93BC5C92DEB6