Gainsborough MP says Britain is heading towards a ‘real Brexit’

Brexit is still top of the parliamentary agenda as this session draws to a close, writes Gainsborough MP Sir Edward Leigh.

I remain firmly committed to Britain’s future outside the customs union, outside the single market, and outside the European Court of Justice.

Sir Edward Leigh

Sir Edward Leigh

It is obvious that leaving the European Union but staying in both the customs union and the single market would be the worst possible outcome.

It would mean Britain would be subject to the single regulatory regime required by both without having any input whatsoever into the process.

It would also mean being subject to the rulings of the European Court of Justice which would become a foreign court with no British judge sitting on it.

Most devastatingly of all, this would prevent the UK being able to make advantageous trade deals with other countries, thus eliminating one of the biggest benefits of Brexit.

As I have said before, the UK is lucky enough to be part of a family of large, prosperous, and successful nations overseas like Canada and Australia, as well as the United States.

Britain should be doing its utmost to be making trade agreements with these countries and others to act as a spur for British industry and innovation.

Slowly but surely, I believe Britain is progressing towards the point where everyone will have a real Brexit.

Even if Britain cannot come to an agreement with its friends in the European Union, it can rely on our continued membership of the World Trade Organisation to provide a framework for economic interaction and an agreed set of rules to guarantee fair play.

I know that civil servants have been preparing for a full range of eventualities and the Treasury has kept funds in reserve in case they are needed.

We MPs will have our work cut out for us when Parliament resumes formal sittings in September but we have managed to cover a great deal of territory in this parliamentary session.

Of the debates I have taken part in and the questions I have raised they have surrounded a variety of topics, amongst which are rural crime and public services, education spending, the restoration and renewal of the Palace of Westminster, the shortage of GPs, freedom of speech, NHS funding, the situation in Syria, the Salisbury incident, strengthening families, freedom of religion and belief, prisons, and I organised a particularly successful debate on defence spending.

We also managed to get th Government to agree to open a new medical school in Lincoln.

Meanwhile unemployment is down and there is a record number of people in work.

Public sector borrowing is still too high but is now at its lowest level since before the 2008 financial crisis.

As we move forward, our focus will be on taking back control of our borders, taking back control of our economy, and taking back control of our laws so that the decisions that affect everyday life in Britain are made by democratically accountable representatives here in Parliament.