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Best Brexit


As Constitutional Reform Minister I delivered the EU Referendum Act and then campaigned to remain in the EU. But now we’ve made a collective democratic decision to leave, we all need to put the referendum campaign behind us and unite to make the best of it.

MPs are no different; we need to react positively and maturely to the mandate from the British people. We must not repackage ‘Remain’ and ‘Leave’ into ‘Soft Brexit’ and ‘Hard Brexit’ or try to unpick the result of the referendum. So I’ve set up the All Party Parliamentary Group on Best Brexit to find the deal for Britain as we leave the EU - not on the basis of ideology but based on what delivers the most jobs, security and wealth for the UK as a whole. It’s the only way we will heal our divided society, and bring the country back together.



John's Department release guide to English Votes for English Laws

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One of John's election pledges was to fight for English Votes for English Laws. His department has released a Policy paper on the proposed changes to the laws that mean English MPs cannot vote on matters which have been devolved to other parts of the UK, but Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland MPs can vote on those same matters when the UK Parliament is legislating solely for England.

 

European Union Bill Committee Debate Video: Entitlement to Vote

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Following on from July 16th's Debate on the European Referendum, John adds his thoughts to the matter of entitlement to vote. Specifically the debate centres on age and geographical location at the time of the EU referendum.

 

European Union Bill Committee Debate Video: Resources & Funding

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As Minister for Constitutional Reform, John is heavily involved in the organisation of the EU Referendum. In Day 1 of the European Union Bill Debate John has provided his thoughts on who should be entitled to vote, the length of time the campaign should run for, whether funding should be limited and how/if resources can be kept equal for both sides.

 

John Penrose - Scotland Bill Committee Debate Video

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John's first debate in the House of Commons as Minister sees him involved in committee discussions on the significant electoral powers that are going to be transferred to the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government.

 


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