09 February 2017
East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson has welcomed the overwhelming support in the House of Commons for the bill to trigger the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. MPs voted by 494 votes to 122 to support the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill.
DUP Parliamentary Spokesman on Education, Treasury and the Department of Work & Pensions.
Mr Wilson said, “This is an emphatic result which takes us a step closer to delivering upon the will of the people of the United Kingdom as expressed in last year’s referendum.
I particularly welcome that Northern Ireland will be leaving the European Union on the same basis as the rest of the United Kingdom. Despite the attempts of some from here, there will be no special status. The government has given a commitment however that issues which are specific to Northern Ireland will be addressed and will work with us and others to achieve a positive outcome on these.
DUP MPs supported the government throughout the bill's passage to ensure there were no changes introduced that would frustrate or delay Brexit, dilute Northern Ireland’s position within the United Kingdom or deny the electorate their wishes. Amendments such as those tabled by the SDLP and SNP were simply another attempt to frustrate the will of the people and I am delighted they were not successful.
I would hope that similar such attempts to frustrate and derail the process as the Bill will also fail as the Bill passes to the House of Lords."