BREXIT: Democracy is very much alive

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I write in reply to the letter about the Brexit process from campaign group Angels For Europe, (Morpeth Herald, September 21).

One of the effects of the European Union Referendum has been to see a greater and much wider level of engagement in our country about its future direction that has played out in newspapers, the workplace and any possible venue you can imagine.

I am personally pleased that we can have these debates, and I am always pleased to have the opportunity to respond to the points that were raised in the letter.

Firstly, the next stage of the EU Withdrawal Bill is the Committee Stage.

This allows every clause and line of the Bill to be debated, discussed and amended by MPs from every party.

This democratic process allows every constituent to feed into their MP, who, as their representative, can challenge and amend the legislation.

This is direct democracy in action, with the British public informed and directly engaging with MPs to scrutinise the law and decide on the future of our country.

Following Committee Stage, there are further stages of scrutiny and debate both in the House of Lords and in the House of Commons.

Secondly, Select Committees are made up of members from across the whole of the House of Commons, voted for by their political colleagues, and in the case of the Chairmen, by all Members of Parliament.

They work together, in partnership, to scrutinise legislation and Government, and to hold the executive to account.

The Brexit Committee contains MPs from all four nations of the United Kingdom, from six different parties and from all sides of the debate on the EU.

Far from being a closed shop, this diverse committee mirrors opinions from right across our nation.

There are different opinions about how we should fulfil the voters’ wish for Brexit. This is to be cherished.

The fact that we can engage in our democratic process through our elected representatives and the ballot box shows that our Parliament, the mother of democracy, is alive and kicking in our great country.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Member of Parliament for Berwick-upon-Tweed