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House of Commons Hansard
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Petitions
07 October 2019
Volume 664

Petition

Monday 7 October 2019

Observations

Exiting the European Union

The Exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union

The petition of Residents of Corby and East Northamptonshire, and the surrounding areas.

Declares that the Brexit that the petitioners voted for should be adhered to and delivered in full by Her Majesty's Government; notes that the free-movement of people from the EU should be ended; further that immigration should be better controlled and the system fair; further that the United Kingdom should stop sending billions of pounds each year to Brussels; further that the United Kingdom should be allowed to make its own laws in our own country; and further that those laws should be judged by our own judges.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Prime Minister to take into account the concerns of petitioners and deliver the Brexit which the British people voted for.

And the petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Tom Pursglove, Official Report, 22 July 2019; Vol. 663, c. 1165 .]

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Observations from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (James Duddridge):

The Government are committed to delivering Brexit, and will not be deterred from delivering the will of the people and leaving the European Union on 31 October.

The Government must fulfill the repeated promises of Parliament to the people by coming out of the European Union. The people gave their instructions to Parliament in the referendum in 2016, both main parties pledged to respect that result in the election in 2017, and now we must deliver on that pledge. Politicians cannot choose which public votes to respect.

Leaving the EU will mean we have control of our own trade; we will no longer have to make financial contributions to the EU budget; our own laws and courts will be supreme within the UK; and only our Parliament will have the power to set our taxes.

When the UK leaves the EU, free movement as it currently stands will end. As we leave the EU, there will be a transition to a new points-based immigration system, built around the skills and talent people have, not where they are from. The new points-based immigration system will be introduced from January 2021. Until then, much of the free movement migration framework will remain until the UK Parliament passes legislation to repeal the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016. Ahead of that, the Government will introduce some changes to that framework to reflect that the UK is no longer part of the EU, to increase security and better protect the UK public.