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Commons Sense: '2017 will be a turning point in our nation's history'

Windsor MP Adam Afriyie

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Windsor MP Adam Afriyie

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Commons Sense: '2017 will be a turning point in our nation's history'

Future historians will look back on 2017 as a turning point in our nation’s history. And I believe that they will say that the UK’s departure from the sclerotic and inward-looking European Union allowed us to begin a new and brighter chapter in our national story.

Earlier this year, our Prime Minister gave a magnificent speech spelling out the UK’s future direction as a dynamic, sovereign, free-trading nation. However, this requires taking certain steps now, starting with triggering Article 50 and setting out plans to leave the jurisdiction of the European courts, the Single Market and the Customs Union.

This week, MPs were in the chamber debating on whether or not to give the Prime Minister the authority to trigger Article 50. The wording of the bill is brief and uncluttered. It is a binary question. I have always been clear that I will vote to trigger Article 50. The Referendum was approved by Act of Parliament and the Conservatives pledged to ‘respect the result’ of that referendum in the 2015 manifesto on which we were elected into Government.

But debate is healthy and I am glad that we have the opportunity to discuss the many facets of agreement and disagreement in the Chamber.

I fully expect that a huge majority of MPs will vote to give the Prime Minister the authority to trigger Article 50. Theresa May will then be able to go to the European Council with not only the legitimacy of the referendum result, but also of Parliament. Putting beyond any doubt the authority for the Government to take Britain out of the EU.

Our nation’s path over the next two years may include bumps in the road, both political and economic. However, I am certain that we have a Prime Minister, a Government and a set of British values with which to steady the course and make a great success of Brexit.

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  • Kingfisher

    23:11, 13 February 2017

    2017 is indeed a turning point. It is the very definition of a crisis, when the disease reaches a "kill or cure" fever pitch. The nation that results from our immolation will not be the one that I grew up in, the nation to which I have always pledged my fealty. The nation emerging from the Brexit referendum (a minority view in Afriyie's Windsor constituency) is a smaller nation, an insular island that rejects the service and support of the migrants it needs to harvest its crops, to run its restaurants and to maintain and build its much-needed housing. It is a myopic nation, mired in the lies of the Brexit campaign, that is allowing the Prime Minister - unelected to that office - to drag us all to the right and execute the hardest separation from the Union that has kept our continent in peace for over 70 years. The result will be a bonfire of regulations that will empower global corporations to feed us pink slime while eroding the social and environmental protections that were so hard-won throughout my lifetime. Do not dare to dream that the majority in this country who did not vote for this grand isolationist gesture will now lend their support to the vandals destroying all that we hold dear. We will continue to oppose vociferously every measure that denudes the rights and freedoms of our citizens and those who need our protection. If we tolerate this, our children will be next.

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  • Ben Coe

    20:08, 13 February 2017

    Not content with bankrupting himself, the ambitious Mr Afriyie has set himself the higher goal of bankrupting the whole nation! He should respect the result of the European Referendum in Windsor and resign, if he feels himself so unable to support his constituents views.

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  • Cdj60

    10:10, 13 February 2017

    There were no questions on the referendum ballot regarding the single market or any other aspect of leaving the EU. A great many leave voters are deeply unhappy at the prospect of a hard Brexit as are the vast majority of Remain voters. The government has no mandate for a hard Brexit or for many of the other tyrannical acts it is planning and it's ridiculous bill and laughable white paper, totally devoid of substance and revealing that their still is no coherent plan at all, are deeply insulting to Parliament and democracy. The opposition are no better as they have essentially waved this destructive plan through without any real attempt to place sensible boundaries around it. You and the government should be thoroughly ashamed of yourselves.

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