The British people have already had the final say on the United Kingdom's European Union membership and they voted in significant numbers to leave the bloc in 2016. I am determined to deliver on this result as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union. Parliament has also rejected a second referendum on two previous occasions.
For too long millions of people across the country have struggled to make their voice heard. Many of them chose to leave the European Union and I believe that another vote would be divisive for British society. Staying in the bloc would also betray the trust of voters in politicians. I believe that the value of democracy lies not just in the number of times citizens vote but also in the effect of that vote.
The Withdrawal Agreement has been rejected by Parliament three times. The Prime Minister is committed to negotiating a new deal with the European Union that delivers on the referendum result and respects the sovereignty of this country. Over 17.4 million people voted to leave the European Union and politicians cannot choose which public votes they respect.
If the European Union refuses to consider any changes, the United Kingdom will leave without a deal at the end of October. The right preparations will ensure that people, industry, and the country are ready for all scenarios.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer has confirmed that all necessary funding will be provided to prepare for a No Deal scenario. A total of £1.1 billion is being allocated immediately. A further £1 billion will be available, if required, and an additional £2 billion will be available next year to support the country's exit. Changes to tax rules will also help to boost productivity and increase competitiveness if No Deal is reached. European Union citizens' rights will be guaranteed in all circumstances and the United Kingdom remains unconditionally committed to its obligations under the Belfast Agreement.
I believe that not leaving by October 31st could lead to a catastrophic loss of confidence in our political system. The indecision of the last three years and the repeated failure to deliver on the referendum result cannot be allowed to continue. The trust of the electorate in their politicians is at stake.