“I have voted three times in Parliament to leave the EU with a deal, I have personally steered the Immigration Bill – which turns off free movement – through its committee stages and I have consistently respected the result of the referendum. I was walking through the voting lobbies with the then Prime Minister, trying to leave the EU, whilst members of the current Government, including the Leader of the House, were in the lobbies with Jeremy Corbyn.
Last night I was forced to vote against the Government, a decision which has resulted in me – and 20 others – losing the party whip. I felt Parliament needed time to scrutinise and debate the current situation. It remains my intention and my hope that the Government will reverse this decision and that I will be the Conservative candidate at the next General Election.”