As I write this we are facing a very important week in the House of Commons. I am writing this column on Monday afternoon, as the debate is continuing ahead of the Second Reading vote on the hugely important European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.
Members of Parliament will be voting tonight until about 2am on this piece of legislation that is vital to the Government taking the UK out of the European Union, as decided by the British public at last year's referendum.
This Bill will allow us to have control over our own laws once we have left the European Union. It will initially convert all of EU law into UK law on the day we leave the EU, which will provide continuity for businesses.
But what it will then allow the Government to do is to make the changes necessary to get rid of all of the references to European institutions, and make sure that UK law is from then on decided in the UK, for citizens of the UK, and not by people in Brussels designing laws for all 28 member states of the European Union.
This Bill is designed to make sure that our withdrawal from the EU is smooth and orderly – something that everyone can welcome, and especially those who do business with Europe. That is why it is essential that this Bill is successful, and tonight’s votes are the first in a series of votes on the Bill, with many more days of debates and votes to come.
For those of you who are insomniacs, and are up late into the night looking to the Parliament channel to help you fall asleep, you may well see me, as I am due to be one of the whips who will be reading out the result of the votes.
The same will be happening again on Tuesday night, with Parliament again sitting well in to the small hours to discuss both the Finance Bill which will allow billions of pounds worth of Government money to be spent, and also changes to procedure in Parliament to help pass both the laws to take Britain out of the EU, and other Government business for the rest of this term.
All of this sounds very technical, but this legislation is in fact vital in delivering Brexit, and people should not frustrate the will of Parliament or the British people. My job as a Government whip is to deliver what Burton and Uttoxeter voted for, what the country voted for, and that is what I will be doing both tonight and tomorrow night.
Latest on this Bill: According to www.parliament.co.uk the The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill passed second reading on Monday, September 11.
What happens next?
MPs will next consider the Bill in a committee of the whole House on a date yet to be announced.