What we currently know about where our MPs stand on the question of our European Union membership
09:47 21 February 2016
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
“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
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.”