It is an honour and a privilege to have been elected to the newly-created Exiting the European Union Select Committee by my fellow Conservative MPs.
The committee has the major task of quizzing and cross-examining cabinet members and experts, including Brexit Secretary David Davis, about Prime Minister Theresa May’s negotiating strategy now that we have triggered Article 50.
Chairing the Committee is Labour MP Hilary Benn, who supported the Remain campaign in the EU referendum.
Eight out of the ten Conservatives elected to the Committee backed the Leave campaign. Those on the new Committee include former Conservative leadership candidate Michael Gove and former Culture Secretary John Whittingdale.
Since the British people voted to the leave the European Union in June last year, there has been an increasing amount of attempts by Remainers to overrule the democratic will of the nation. Now that Article 50 has been triggered, we must make sure that the Government's hands are not tied by these people, to allow them to negotiate the best possible deal for Britain.
I have always been clear. The referendum result must be respected.
I look forward to continuing to work with colleagues on the Committee to do everything we can to ensure that the Government works to get a good deal for Britain.