Following the vote, in a referendum held on 23rd June 2016, the UK is leaving the European Union.
Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine campaigned to REMAIN but made clear from day one that he respects the outcome of what was a nationwide poll in accordance with the Conservative manifesto on which he was elected in May 2015 and June 2017 - with more than 50% of the vote in his constituency.
As a former Minister and an experienced Member of Parliament respected on both sides of the House, Steve is well placed to ensure the voice of his constituency - those who voted to remain as well as those who voted to leave - is heard.
He says; "The referendum itself is behind us now and I believe we're all citizens of this country with far more that unites us than divides us. We must come together and make a success of Brexit. I know we will. This country survived (and thrived) before 1975 and it will do the same post-Brexit.
"But the fact we must now move on from 'remain' or 'leave' labels doesn't mean we focus solely on the side which "won", whether that be a wide or (as it turned out) a narrow margin. I said from the day after the referendum that I have no intention of forgetting the 48% and I meant that. I am arguing for a smart exit that works for my constituents, our country and the rest of the world. What we need now, more than ever before, is unity over division."
Steve Brine has consistently made the case that it is not in the UK national interest, or that of his constituents, to leave without a withdrawal agreement in place and his votes in Parliament have stayed true to that belief. In March 2019 he resigned his position as a Minister in Theresa May's Government over the Government's handling of the Brexit process and, in September 2019, he voted to avoid the UK leaving without a 'deal' at the end of October given no conclusion to negotiations with the EU. That vote saw Steve lose the Conservative Whip - alongside 20 other colleagues including Sir Nicholas Soames MP, Ken Clarke MP, Rory Stewart MP and three former Cabinet Ministers - meaning he currently sits as an Independent MP in the House of Commons.
This special Brexit page will be regularly updated with links to information on the process of Brexit, sensible media comment and will pull together all Steve Brine's published comment on the issue.
- My moderate Brexit view by Steve Brine (2 December 2019)
- Vote explainer as Withdrawal Agreement Bill passes 2nd Reading (22 October 2019)
- Super Saturday turns into damp squib - explainer (19 October 2019)
- Steve speaks on Britain's place in the world (15 October 2019)
- MP raises aviation future in no-deal Brexit (8 October 2019)
- Time for compromise is now MP tells Boris (3 October 2019)
- MP challenges PM again on Brexit progress (25 September 2019)
- Steve raises Hampshire Brexit prep in House (25 September 2019)
- Hampshire Chronicle column - all options on table for MP (19 September 2019)
- Local MP tackles Gove on medicines supply (3 September)
- Why I voted to block no-deal by Steve Brine (3 September 2019)
- MP challenges new PM on Brexit negotiations (3 September 2019)
- Hampshire Chronicle column - the Brexit endgame (22 August 2019)
- Hampshire Chronicle column - new PM must compromise (25 July 2019)
- Citizens rights 'not a game' says Steve Brine (18 June 2019)
- Hampshire Chronicle column - why I left Government (25 April 2019)
- Vote explainer on 'indicative' votes process (2 April 2019)
- MP speaks in key Brexit debate from back-benches (29 March 2019)
- Steve speaks at PMQs on Brexit following resignation (27 March 2019)
- Adam Boulton Sunday Times column on Steve Brine and Brexit [£] (7 April 2019)
- MP steps down from Government job over Brexit (25 March 2019)
- Hampshire Chronicle column - tone of Brexit debate (21 Feb 2019)
- Hampshire Chronicle column - Brexit and why I don't accept no deal (24 Jan 2019)
- Telegraph - Winchester MP named in 'hair shirt club' against no deal (23 Jan 2019)
- MP welcomes scrapping of £65 fee for EU citizens to stay in the UK (21 Jan 2019)
- Government loses Meaningful Vote - and how all MPs voted (16 Jan 2019)
- Exchange of letters between the UK and EU on Irish backstop (14 Jan 2019)
- Letter from the Attorney General to the Prime Minister on backstop (14 Jan 2019)
- Hampshire Chronicle column - Brexit and why I support the DWA (29 Nov 2018)
- EU Exit - long-term economic analysis (PDF, 28 November 2018)
- Steve Brine statement on draft Withdrawal Agreement (15 November 2018)
- Statement on draft Withdrawal Agreement (14 November 2018)
- Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration (14 November 2018)
- Hampshire Chronicle column - Burkhas and Brexit (6 September 2018)
- Government No Deal preparation documents (23 August 2018)
- White Paper - legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (24 July 2018)
- White Paper - Future relationship between EU and UK (12 July 2018)
- Farming Minister visits Winchester to talk Brexit (26 April 2018)
- Prime Minister's speech at Mansion House on future economic partnership (2 March 2018)
- End of phase one joint report on progress between UK and EU (8 December 2017)
- Prime Minister's Florence speech (22 September 2017)
- HMG 'position' papers published in advance of each formal negotiating round with the EU to inform discussion (Aug 2017)
- European Union (Withdrawal) Bill 'Great Repeal Bill' published (13 July 2017)
- A New Domestic Agricultural Policy - key NFU vision (4 April 2017)
- The Great Repeal Bill White Paper - download (30 March 2017)
- Theresa May Statement to Commons on trigerring Article 50 (29 March 2017)
- Prime Minister's letter to President Donald Tusk - formal trigger Article 50 (29 March 2017)
- Lords examines EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill for final time
- Commons considers Lords Amends to EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill
- EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill passes 3rd Reading by 494 votes to 122 (8 Feb 2017)
- UK exit from and new partnership with EU (2 Feb 2017) - GovM Brexit White Paper
- House of Commons backs Article 50 Bill (1 Feb 2017) - by 498 votes to 114
- Prime Minister's Global Britain speech (17 Jan 2017) - including the 12 objectives
- Government's 12 negotiating objectives (17 Jan 2017) - download an at a glance view
- Daily Telegraph (5 Jan 2017) - May must offer a Brexit for the Remainers [£]
- Environment Secretary (4 Jan 2017) - Ambition for food and farming industry
- Number 10 Downing Street (31 Dec 2016) - PM's New Year unity message
- Hampshire Chronicle column (15 Dec 2016) - Steve Brine looking back at 2016, inc; Brexit
- Hampshire Chronicle column (1 Sept 2016) - Steve Brine on the future of farming
- Hampshire Chronicle column (28 July 2016) - Steve Brine's priorities post-Brexit
- Hampshire Chronicle column (30 June 2016) - Steve Brine's pledge to respect the result
- Conservative 2015 Manifesto (page 73) - "We will honour the result of the referendum, whatever the outcome."
- Steve Brine - why I will be voting Remain (April 2016)
Steve welcomes constituent feedback on the progress of the Brexit negotiations and regularly meets with businesses and residents during the course of his work or at his surgery in either Winchester or Chandler's Ford.