Thank you for contacting me and expressing your view that there should be a second referendum on the deal reached between the UK and the EU.
I understand your strength of feeling on this matter but there will not be another vote and the UK is leaving the EU next year. I believe that when a decision of constitutional significance is made, it is important that democratic processes are followed. That is why Parliament gave the British people the final say on the UK’s membership of the EU and why the result must be respected, even if it was unexpected by some.
You reference a poll result that documents a supposed swing of leave voters to now supporting remain. Poll results have been known to be inaccurate. Moreover, the ballot paper in the referendum presented voters with an unambiguous choice to remain in the EU or to leave. Given that 72% of the electorate turned out to vote, with 17.4 million voters deciding to leave the EU, the referendum is the expression of public opinion that really matters.
While there will not be another public vote on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations, both Houses of Parliament will be able to debate, scrutinise and vote on the final deal as soon as it is agreed with the EU and before the European Parliament votes on it. As such, there can be no doubt that Parliament will have a full opportunity to have its say on the final agreement.
Exit negotiations are well under way, and I am confident that an agreement will be reached to the mutual benefit of both the UK and the EU.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.