MP James Heappey welcomes EU exit milestone
MP has welcomed this week's news that the UK has triggered the process
of leaving the EU.
EU ambassador formally started the two-year exit process by handing
to EU Council President Donald Tusk, triggering Article 50 of the
MP James Heappey told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "After nine months
of debate, I welcome that Article 50 has now been enacted and that
we have therefore confirmed our intention to leave the EU in two
delivery of the Prime Minister's letter will be a cause for celebration
for some and dismay for others but people on both sides of the debate
will hopefully be reassured by the tone that Mrs May sets. That
tone has so far been matched by the response from Brussels."
have not made any threats but we have been clear on our priorities.
We have also been clear that it is in the mutual interests of the
UK and the EU to forge and deep and special relationship that will
see us work closely together as partners once we are no longer members
of the EU."
negotiating process will be long and complex but a punitive deal
is mutually damaging and I'm certain that in private both sides
will work constructively to avoid that."
Prime Minister has been clear that she will seek a deal that works
for all parts of the UK. In Somerset, we have particular needs in
order to properly support our tourism and agricultural industries
- replacing the Common Agricultural Policy will be particularly
have already been very willing to listen to the feedback I've been
getting from businesses and residents across the Wells Constituency
and I look forward to making sure that our needs are properly reflected
in the work of the Government as we go through the negotiating process
that lies ahead."