Following the Prime Minister’s opening speech at Conservative Party Conference, Worcester’s MP has spoken of his delight at the optimism and broad vision she set out surrounding Britain’s new place in the world. He has welcomed significant commitments on the process for leaving the EU which will provide greater certainty for business and investors.

Robin, who has previously spoke about his confidence in the Prime Minister during the leadership election, praised the speech as having the best interests of the people at heart and being one that successfully sets out the path to a truly global vision of Britain. The speech spoke of her vision of a fully-independent, sovereign country with freedom to make its own decisions with a commitment to invoke Article 50 to leave the European Union before the end of March next year and announced a bill to be put to parliament to remove the European Communities Act from British law, taking effect the day that the country leaves the European Union.

As Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Robin was also present on the front row later in the day to witness the keynote speech by the Secretary of State, David Davis MP who spoke at length about Britain’s place in the world and the department’s commitment to protecting the rights of workers in its approach to Britain leaving the European Union.

Robin said:

“I was delighted to hear both the Prime Minister and my colleague the Secretary of State set out the path to a global Britain where we can trade with neighbours in Europe to mutual benefit but also look beyond the continent to the opportunities that exist in the wider world. I have always believed that Britain should be an outward looking trading nation and I am glad that the new Prime Minister shares that vision and the belief that we must not allow the Brexit process to narrow our horizons but rather to raise our eyes to a wider world.”

“Clearly it is vital that that we seek to develop a mature and cooperative relationship with Europe after we have left the EU, and one in which British companies can sell into the single market without significant barriers and tariffs, while letting European businesses trade and invest here too. I also welcome the commitment to defending workers’ rights. There are many areas in which British law already goes further than EU law, and the guarantee that the government will not roll back these rights but rather seek to strengthen them is encouraging.”

“It is encouraging to hear that a commitment has now been made to repeal the European Communities Act to give the UK control of our own laws and that it will now be included in the next Queen’s speech.”

Notes to editors:

To view the Prime Minister’s speech please see:

To view the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union’s speech please see:

For the press release on the Secretary of State’s speech please see:

To view the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s EU funding announcement please see: