Matt Warman, MP for Boston and Skegness, has welcomed the calm tone of progress on the UK’s exit from the European Union, seen both in Parliament and across Government.
In a debate on EU citizenship this week, Matt highlighted that the residents of Boston and Skegness were very clear on what they were voting for in the referendum, including on their wish to leave the Single Market and to see reduced levels of immigration, whilst also noting that a number of constituents have raised concerns about the status of EU citizens living in the UK.
He reminded colleagues of the need not to whip up concerns and worry people who should not be worried about this issue, and praised the “uniquely thoughtful debate” as a “precedent for how we might continue the [Brexit] negotiations.”
The debate followed a recent speech by the Prime Minister, in which she set out the Government’s ambitious but credible vision for the future economic partnership the UK is seeking with the EU. The speech made clear that Britain’s agreement with the EU must respect the outcome of the referendum to take control of our borders, laws and money, as well as protecting people’s jobs and security whilst Britain and the EU continuing to pursue the shared goals of growing their economies while keeping their people safe.
The speech also made clear that the agreement must be consistent with the kind of country that we want to be as we leave: a modern, open, outward-looking, tolerant, European democracy. The Government’s intention is to have a Global Britain which forges ‘a bold and comprehensive economic partnership with our neighbours in the EU, and reaches out beyond to foster trade agreements with nations across the globe.’
“The thoughtful debate in Parliament this week sets the trend for future debates on Brexit, and I was pleased to have the opportunity to highlight many of the concerns which constituents have raised with me over the last two years. It is vital that we remain calm and forward-looking in our dealings with the EU, so that we can reach a settlement which works in everyone’s interests. Theresa May made this clear in her recent speech, pointing out that we have a shared interest in getting this right. I am sure that my constituents will welcome her commitment to “get on with it”, so we can build a strong new relationship with Europe.”