People's Vote/Second Referendum: Update April 2019

Thank you for contacting me about a second referendum.

I want to make it clear that the Government's position is that it does not support another vote on the UK’s membership of the EU. The British people have already had the final say and they voted in significant numbers to leave the EU in 2016. Parliament has also rejected a second referendum.

For too long, millions of people across the country have struggled to make their voice heard. Many of them chose to leave the EU and I believe that another vote would be divisive for British society. Staying in the bloc would also betray the trust of voters in politicians. I believe that the value of democracy lies not just in the number of times citizens vote but also in the effect of that vote.

A Withdrawal Agreement has been reached with the EU but it has yet to be ratified by Parliament. The deal would protect jobs in this country while also ensuring that the UK leaves the single market and customs union. We would have a close economic and security partnership with our European neighbours while having control over our own laws, money and borders. I wholeheartedly support it.

The Government's view is that all sides should now accept the decision of the referendum and move on to addressing other national priorities such as the NHS, education and housing. Further uncertainty in a second vote would be damaging for business, citizens and public discourse.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.

Craig Whittaker MP

April 2019