Following the UK's vote, in a referendum held on 23rd June 2016, to leave the European Union the Government is determined to make a success of Brexit.
We are not looking for an 'off the shelf' deal for our future relationship – a 'Hard Brexit' or 'Soft Brexit', Norwegian model or a Swiss model – but one that that works best for the UK.
As Prime Minister Theresa May has made clear, we will decide for ourselves how we control immigration and we will be free to pass our own laws. We want to give British companies the maximum freedom to trade with the Single Market – and let European businesses do the same here.
Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine campaigned to REMAIN but has said he will respect the outcome of the nationwide poll in accordance with the Conservative manifesto on which he was elected in May 2015 and June 2017 with more than 50% of the vote in his constituency.
As a Minister in the current Government, Steve is well placed to ensure the voice of his constituency - those who voted to remain as well as those who voted to leave - is heard at the heart of Government.
He says; "The referendum itself is behind us now and I believe we're all citizens of this country with far more that unites us than divides us. We must come together and make a success of Brexit. I know we will. This country survived (and thrived) before 1975 and it will do the same post-Brexit.
"But the fact we must now move on from 'remain' or 'leave' labels doesn't mean we focus solely on the side which "won", whether that be a wide or (as it turned out) a narrow margin. I said from the day after the referendum that I have no intention of fogetting the 48% and I meant that. I will be arguing within Government for a smart exit that works for my constituents, our country and the rest of the world. What we need now, more than ever before, is unity over division."
This special Brexit page will be regularly updated with links to information on the process of Brexit, sensible media comment and will pull together all Steve Brine's published comment on the issue.
- European Union (Withdrawal) Bill 'Great Repeal Bill' published (13 July 2017)
- A New Domestic Agricultural Policy - key NFU vision (4 April 2017)
- The Great Repeal Bill White Paper - download (30 March 2017)
- Theresa May Statement to Commons on trigerring Article 50 (29 March 2017)
- Prime Minister's letter to President Donald Tusk - formal trigger Article 50 (29 March 2017)
- Lords examines EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill for final time
- Commons considers Lords Amends to EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill
- EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill passes 3rd Reading by 494 votes to 122 (8 Feb 2017)
- UK exit from and new partnership with EU (2 Feb 2017) - GovM Brexit White Paper
- House of Commons backs Article 50 Bill (1 Feb 2017) - by 498 votes to 114
- Prime Minister's Global Britain speech (17 Jan 2017) - including the 12 objectives
- Government's 12 negotiating objectives (17 Jan 2017) - download an at a glance view
- Daily Telegraph (5 Jan 2017) - May must offer a Brexit for the Remainers [£]
- Environment Secretary (4 Jan 2017) - Ambition for food and farming industry
- Number 10 Downing Street (31 Dec 2016) - PM's New Year unity message
- Hampshire Chronicle column (15 Dec 2016) - Steve Brine looking back at 2016, inc; Brexit
- Hampshire Chronicle column (1 Sept 2016) - Steve Brine on the future of farming
- Hampshire Chronicle column (28 July 2016) - Steve Brine's priorities post-Brexit
- Hampshire Chronicle column (30 June 2016) - Steve Brine's pledge to respect the result
- Conservative 2015 Manifesto (page 73) - "We will honour the result of the referendum, whatever the outcome."
Steve welcomes constituent feedback on the progress of the Brexit negotiations and regularly meets with businesses and residents during the course of his work or at his weekly surgery.
Any constituents with comment on Brexit, either general or specific to the sector in which they work, are welcome to get in touch in the usual way.
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