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Henry Smith: Getting Brexit Done in Parliament

In his article this week, Crawley MP Henry Smith talks about finally getting Brexit done.

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After three and a half years, which included one referendum, two general elections, and the British people’s clear decision on each of these occasions, last night in the House of Commons I joined my Conservative colleagues in voting for the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill at its third reading, which passed by 330 votes to 231.

This means the Bill has completed its progress through the Commons and now heads to the House of Lords.

This legislation will ensure that the UK ceases to be an EU member at 11pm on 31st January; the EU Communities Act 1972 will be repealed and we will enter the implementation period.

It is time for our nation to focus on other priorities. The Chancellor’s first Budget will take place in March, and will set out this Government’s plans to unleash Britain’s potential.

These include tackling the cost of living for hard-working people, delivering world-class public services like our NHS and investing in green infrastructure to reduce carbon emissions.

At the start of 2020 we can make sure that we enjoy a decade of renewal – let’s take this opportunity and make the most of it.

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

Henry Smith

Henry Smith MP: Eat Out to Help Out

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One of the sectors hardest hit by COVID-19 has been our hospitality industry. While Crawley workers employed in this field have benefited from Government support such as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the industry’s success going forward will depend on adhering to social distancing rules for a while to come and getting customers through the door.

The Eat Out to Help Out scheme will see the Government support restaurants by reimbursing up to 50 per cent of people’s meals out, up to a maximum of £10 per person, at restaurants, pubs and cafes on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout August.

The initiative will not only allow a discount on meals, but will help provide security to those workers whose livelihoods depend on people going out to eat.

Up to 165 businesses in Crawley could benefit from this programme, which will see money paid within five working days.

Participating establishments will be published on the Government website, GOV.UK, so we can all see who is taking part.

Other measures announced by the Chancellor at the Summer Economic Update include a VAT cut for hospitality, accommodation and attraction businesses from 20 per cent to 5 per cent for six months. Up to 370 companies could stand to benefit from this support in Crawley.

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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