I have received several emails regarding the outcome of the European Union Referendum held on 23rd June. Some implore me to use my position as a Member of Parliament to campaign for a second referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union, and some have asked me to campaign to ignore the result altogether.
On 9th June 2015, MPs voted by 544 to 53 in favour of the Referendum Act which made provision for a referendum to determine Britain’s membership of the European Union.
On 23rd June 2016, a clear majority of voters, on a very high turn-out, voted for Britain to leave the European Union. The mandate to leave the European Union is clear, and at over 17 million votes, it is in fact far larger than any mandate given to any British government in history.
I therefore believe that it would be wrong, not only for me, but for any elected representative to not only ignore, but also to seek to override, the democratic will of the British electorate, simply because some disagree with the outcome.
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