Exiting the EU

Lisbon Treaty

I know that information has been circulating about the Lisbon Treaty, which suggests that it will come into force in 2020 – this is incorrect. The UK signed the Lisbon Treaty in December 2007 and it came into force in December 2009. The main provisions of the treaty have applied

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Immigration and the NHS

I welcome the commitment of the Government to building a single, global immigration system which considers people on skills, rather than nationality. When people voted to leave the EU, they did so in the knowledge that the free movement system imposed by the EU would end. The Government is clear

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Medicines and Brexit

I certainly appreciate concerns about the future supply of medicines and I can assure constituents that the implications of leaving the EU on the pharmaceutical supply are being considered as a high priority. I believe that it is important to minimise the risk of disruption and that is why the

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Animal sentience

I think it is only right to start off by saying the initial news stories and resulting petitions etc were based on a grotesque misrepresentation of the Government’s views, and were in some cases a scurrilous attack on the character of many honourable Members of Parliament. It is right that

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European Union (Withdrawal) Bill

I certainly support the Government’s European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, and very much respect the result of the referendum. Article 50 has been invoked and the Prime Minister has been clear that there must be no attempts to remain inside the EU, no attempts to re-join it through the back door, and

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EU citizens in the UK

It goes without saying that EU nationals make an invaluable contribution to our economy, our society and our daily lives, especially in our constituency of Boston and Skegness. There will be no immediate change to their status in the UK. The discussions that the Government has with the European Union

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