05 November 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for being in touch on Brexit.

    After over three years of – sometimes agonising – debate progress has been made in the Brexit process in recent weeks.  The Prime Minister has secured a new deal and the Withdrawal Bill has received a Second Reading.  Still, it was not possible to go further and almost all parties in the House accepted that the extension of the Article 50 notice period should be used to hold a general election.  Brexit will not be the only matter at stake in the coming campaign but parties’ positions on this central issue of recent times will be clear and people can make a choice.

    As is well known, I was a remainer in 2016 but I quickly accepted that my side lost the referendum.  Since then I have been committed to implementing the leave result in the best possible way for this country.  That is for us to leave with a deal and a deal is now there for the taking.  There is no need for us to leave on a no-deal basis and there is every opportunity for us to forge a new relationship with the EU to our mutual benefit which allows us to play our full part in world events and trade.  I do think that such an outcome could be welcomed both by those who voted leave and those who voted remain in 2016.

    Thank you again for writing to me and, if I am returned at the general election, I look forward to further discussion of and a resolution to Brexit in the new Parliament.

    Yours sincerely,

    Mel Stride MP

    MP for Central Devon