This week saw the annual State Opening of Parliament, and the Queen’s Speech.
I have warned the Lib Dem MP that it would be unacceptable to abstain during votes after he vowed during the General Election to uphold the referendum result to leave. He is now honour bound to support the government in all Brexit or Brexit-related legislation to fulfil his promise to local people.
Eight of the 27 bills in the Queen’s Speech involve Brexit in some way and all are crucial to making a success of leaving.
It’s quite clear there is a minority government in place that could easily have its Brexit plans disrupted by those attempting to thwart the result of the referendum.
The majority who voted to leave in Eastbourne and Willingdon, plus the very many remainers who now want us to make a success of leaving, will be making sure he makes good on his pledge, even though his Liberal Democrat party remains vehemently opposed to the referendum result and will do everything it can to try and stop it.
I have welcomed plans to tackle domestic violence in the Queen’s Speech, plus tougher anti-terror laws and the announcement of infrastructure projects being brought forward.
I also welcome the Prime Minister making it clear she is going to listen to voters’ concerns and many unpopular plans in the manifesto have been dropped. This is sound politics and it has the added bonus of allowing Parliament to concentrate on the massive task of Brexit and making a success of it.