I have always backed Brexit, I have always voted in Parliament to leave and never voted to delay or stop Britain’s exit from the European Union. Unlike the opposition parties in Parliament, I have no intention of stopping or reversing the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union. Politicians cannot choose which public votes they respect.

The British people voted in a historic referendum in 2016 to leave the European Union and enable the United Kingdom to regain its sovereignty. This is what the Government intends to deliver and it is what I am working to achieve as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union.

I believe that leaving the European Union means leaving the single market and customs union. I was elected on a manifesto commitment in 2017 to do just that. Both campaigns were also clear, during the referendum, what a vote to leave the European Union would mean.

Leaving the European Union will bring an end to free movement, the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice will no longer apply, and we will no longer send vast sums of money to the European Union.

We will soon be able to make our own trade deals for the first time in over 40 years, whilst the European Commission has predicted that 90 per cent of future world growth will come from outside of Europe. I look forward to having our own independent trade policy as soon as possible.

We are proud that we live in the finest parliamentary democracy in the world. However, the Government does not have a majority in the House of Commons and this has lead to deadlock.

Voters across the country will now have an clear choice at the forthcoming General Election to move forward on Brexit and the people’s priorities with this Government or more dither and delay under Jeremy Corbyn.

I am afraid it is not for me to answer for why another political party will or will not put forward a candidate in the Rochford & Southend East constituency, suffice to say that a vote cast for any party other than the Conservative Party at this election will not help deliver the Brexit that you and I previously voted for.