After careful consideration, we have concluded that the only way Brexit can be safely guaranteed is if the Withdrawal Agreement passes. This is not a corporate view. Our team is made up of remain and leave voters.
We believe Britain will succeed outside the EU with or without a deal, but our major concern is that the failure to pass the withdrawal agreement would add further confusion and uncertainty, and may even jeopardise whether Brexit is delivered at all.
What unites us all however, is the view that the result of the EU referendum must be delivered by 29th March 2019. To ignore the result of the referendum is to ignore the democratic will of the people, and this would be unforgivable.
We still have justifiable concerns over the backstop, yet we cannot let the perfect be the enemy of the acceptable, and we were pleased to see the Prime Minister secure legally binding alterations. The House of Commons has demonstrated time and time again that it is opposed to no-deal, and now is the time for all sides of the divide to coalesce around a deal which provides economic and political security for the future.
There remain a large number of MPs who continue to indicate support for a second referendum. This is something we would never support and will actively campaign against. To reopen old wounds would serve no purpose other than to create new and indelible divides in our society.
Conservative Progress believes in our country and know we will continue to thrive outside the European Union.
Luke Springthorpe Nabil Najjar