-brexit-results-map-tease-final-02-large-teaseThe Prime Minister surprised the nation by calling this election. She did so with understandable reluctance but acted out of necessity. Last June a majority in England and Wales chose to leave the EU. You can see how the votes were cast from the map. Red was the colour adopted by Vote Leave. For a look at the Somerset Referendum votes simply click the map. The Referendum marked a decisive change in government policy. I deliberately remained silent during the campaign. At the time the future of Hinkley C was unsettled. There was inevitable concern that a vote to leave could hamper the progress of this vital new power station. As the MP representing the area where Hinkley is now being built, I decided to keep my views about the EU to myself. In any event the outcome of the referendum rested entirely with the people and will not be reversed. We are definitely going to leave the EU. The question that remains is how we can get the best for Britain. The Prime Minister believes it is possible to negotiate our exit on favourable terms if she can rely on the support of the country. I note that my former UKIP opponent (he sUKIP SOOEU POSTERtood against me at the last general election) has now chosen to back the Conservatives. This time everyone gets the chance to support our efforts to safeguard the nation’s future. There are those who fear a “hard” Brexit and those who would prefer a “soft” Brexit. But the version I want – and will campaign energetically to secure – is a “sensible” Brexit – an arrangement that allows important UK trade to continue within the single market, but a deal which also recognises our right to control borders and manage our own affairs. If you want to contact me about Brexit or anything else you are very welcome. I will be travelling throughout the constituency in an effort to meet as many people as possible during the election campaign, but you can send me a message right here: