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What we currently know about where our MPs stand on the question of our European Union membership

PUBLISHED: 09:47 21 February 2016 | UPDATED: 18:10 22 February 2016

British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during a meeting on the sidelines of an EU summit in Brussels on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. British Prime Minister David Cameron faces tough new talks with European partners after through-the-night meetings failed to make much progress on his demands for a less intrusive European Union. (Francois Lenoir, Pool Photo via AP)

British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during a meeting on the sidelines of an EU summit in Brussels on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. British Prime Minister David Cameron faces tough new talks with European partners after through-the-night meetings failed to make much progress on his demands for a less intrusive European Union. (Francois Lenoir, Pool Photo via AP)

As the dust settles on the European Union referendum deal and a date of June 23 is declared, this is where our MPs stand on whether we should remain or leave.

Will Quince, Colchester

Leave: “The prime minister is a skilled negotiator and the renegotiation has lasted a full nine months. But I’m afraid, in that time, the prime minister has just not been able to secure the changes we promised. I think it speaks volumes that, in the biggest renegotiation Britain has ever attempted with the EU, back by a democratic mandate from the British people, EU leaders have been unwilling to even grant Britain these relatively modest concessions.

“It shows that the EU is just not really interested in the types of reforms that suits Britain.”

James Cartlidge, South Suffolk

Remain: “The economic uncertainty of leaving could be damaging, whereas the certainty of finally making up our minds to remain in a reformed EU should see our economy go from strength to strength.”

Douglas Carswell, Clacton

Leave: “Let’s take back control of our country.”

Ben Gummer, Ipswich

Health minister

“I am delighted by the prime minister’s result from talks - special status for the UK. A great deal for Britain and a great reason to vote remain.”

Peter Aldous, Waveney

Remain. “The settlement that the PM has secured protects the UK from further political integration and I believe that Britain will be stronger, safer and better off in a reformed EU.”

James Cleverly, Braintree

Leave: “The case for a new relationship with European and global economies is overwhelming. The EU too often hinders Britain’s ability to trade across the globe and pursues discriminatory policies that hold back developing nations which will soon prove to be counterproductive. We need new relationships and the only way that will be possible is to vote to leave the EU.”

Dan Poulter, Central Suffolk and North Ipswich

“I have listened to the prime minister, spoken to my constituents, weighed up the arguments on both sides and have decided to support the reform package being proposed for Britain to stay in the European Union. As MPs, we have delivered our promise of a referendum, and it is now for the people of Suffolk and the UK to decide.”

Suffolk Coastal Therese Coffey, Deputy leader of the House of Commons

Remain: “After a lot of consideration and drawing on my previous experience in business, in the EU referendum, I will be voting to remain.”

West Suffolk Matt Hancock, Cabinet office minister and paymaster general

Remain: “The decision on whether or not to remain part of the EU is one of the biggest decisions in a generation. I am delighted that we will deliver on our clear commitment and ensure the British people can exercise their sovereignty and take that decision in a referendum on 23 June.

“The economic case for membership is clear, and further strengthened by the reforms secured in the renegotiation. The verdict for jobs and prosperity is unambiguous: Britain is better off in a reformed Europe. In a turbulent and uncertain world we should not add to those risks to our economic security with years of uncertainty.

“The renegotiation ensures Britain is no longer part of a slide towards ever closer union. Our new “special status” means we will never join the euro, the free borders area, or be part of a European superstate, but will be able to trade freely with our biggest trading partner.

“I will campaign to remain in a reformed EU, and urge others to do the same.”

Priti Patel, Witham

Employment minister

Leave: “Being free from the European Union means that Britain can look forward with confidence as a strong, independent and sovereign nation. We will be free from the shackles of the EU’s institutions and its army of unaccountable bureaucrats and judges meddling in our affairs.

“We are a strong and confident country; and voting to leave the EU will set us on the path for peace and prosperity in the 21st Century – and will let the British people take back control.”

Bernard Jenkin, Harwich

Leave, has previously said: “The EU gives back less than half. Outside the EU, the UK could pay for everything funded by the EU in the UK, and still have another £9.9 billion more to spend on the NHS or science research every year, instead of subsidising our EU competitors. The UK’s trade deficit would also be cut by a fifth. Brexit would be good news for the economy.

“If you vote leave, European courts can no longer stop the deportation of terrorist suspects and foreign criminals. You take back control over your borders and immigration policy. You can make new trade deals with growing countries like China and India. The UK regains its place on key bodies like the World Trade Organisation, where real decisions are made, instead of being represented by some EU official. The UK regains influence.”

Jo Churchill, Bury St Edmunds

Remain: “To ensure the security, trade and influence and to remain outward focused in terms of ambition for our futures. Europe to me is a long game.”


  • What planet is Gummer on? This is thin gruel (as per JRM) dressed up to appear we have some sought of 'Special Status' which we don't. Do not be conned. PS Can we swap Gummer for Priti Patel she's a lady who will be going far.

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    dinosaur detective

    Sunday, February 21, 2016

  • So Coffey hasn't yet decided. When she does, I suspect her decision will be made simply on the basis of what's best for Coffey's career. The EADT isn't alone in finding it difficult to get a response from her. Here in Wrentham, I am not the only constituent who has found it impossible to get a response from her, on a matter of great local concern, the proposed closure of our fire station. Three emails and a phone call to her office and still nothing. Keep trying!

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    Sunday, February 21, 2016

  • Is there much point of a referendum? It could be close but the "Remain" crowd will win it. If people were more intelligent we wouldn't have ended up with the Tories in power (including the coalition) or the last Labour government before that. People would have took action against the cuts. I don't mean a few unruly students or a couple of hours marching in London. I am not sure why the average person considers that we will be at a loss to leave the EU - or why it always has to be to do with immigration. It is as if, people take it too literally and think we will be cut off from the rest of Europe! A continent to ourselves. People forget that If the UK withdrew, the EU is over. Confidence will hit an all time low, stock markets will dive, other European nations will consider withdrawing. The Euro project will stall. People are so narrow minded, Europe needs to export their goods to us as much as we need to export our goods to them. The only two countries that will suffer the most is Germany and France, they have so much to lose! The medium countries like Spain, Italy and Ireland are the most likely to consider leaving post UK exit, ending up with France and Germany having to heavily subsidise the poorer nations such as Poland. Yes, the EU budget is comfortable right now, but considering we get less out than we pay in, the EU will need to find an extra £5bn... either remaining members will need to chip in or austerity measures will need to be levied against the member states that draw the most benefit. This instability could mean some countries getting closer aligned to Russia which will be a political nightmare for them also. However, the more countries that leave (especially those that pay in the most) the harder it will be to balance the books. It will end up with France withdrawing and Germany left to subsidise the rest of the EU.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

  • Roll on the referendum in June. . We will be winning back our country. The EU dictatorship has no place in modern democracy.

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    Johnie Redwood

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

  • Well done to Mr Cameron for the most pathetic attempt to stand up for Britain since 1939. The current leader of Germany won the battle whilst enjoying free dinners at public expense without firing more than a champagne cork. At least she has worked out how to control the rest of Europe without having to make any threats, unlike her predecessors. Even better we have to pay a large part of the costs for little or no return.

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    David T Fisk

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

  • Why don't all our MPs have on record what they actually think about the matter before they are told what to say? Does anyone the truth about the EU or are we all expected to believe whatever we are told? If we vote to leave, and save all that money should we then believe the Scots will leave Britain so we can save even more money? Think of all those government jobs that will be repatriated from north of the border as well.

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    Saturday, February 20, 2016

  • Cameron is grandstanding over very little,all of which are apparently not legally binding. What is truly frightening is not just the EU's future plans but their founding plans that are coming to fruition

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    Lawrence Hare

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

  • David Cameron: We've given ownership of your house to the EU over the years. But, under our "special relationship" you get to choose the curtains. Thanks Dave !

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    Mark Ling

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

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