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Part of European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill – in the House of Commons at 3:57 pm on 1st February 2017.

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Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins Conservative, Louth and Horncastle 3:57 pm, 1st February 2017

I congratulate my neighbour, my hon. Friend Dr Johnson, although she is not currently in her place, on a fantastic maiden speech that bodes well for the future of Lincolnshire. My contribution will be short and to the point.

In the 2015 general election, my Conservative colleagues and I stood on a manifesto pledge that we would let the British people decide whether to stay in or leave the European Union, and that we would honour the referendum result, whatever the outcome. We won the general election and kept our promise on holding the referendum. We must, therefore, keep our promise on honouring the result. It is on that basis that I will vote with the Government tonight to trigger article 50.