This evening Parliament will, for the first time, get the chance to vote on the Government's plans for Brexit.
In a Government amendment to an Opposition Day Motion, today's vote says;
"......consistently with the principles agrees unanimously by this House on 12 October; expects that this House will respect the wishes of the UK as expressed in the referendum on 23 June; and further calls on the Government to invoke Article 50 by 31 March 2017."
Although today's vote does not have the power to trigger any legislation in itself, it is a crucial statement of intent by MPs, many of whom are expected to vote in favour of the government's timetable, of starting formal talks by the end of March. SNP & Liberal Democrat MPs are all expected to vote against.
Following the overwhelming Leave vote in Gosport & Fareham, I firmly believe that the people of my constituency have spoken and I will therefore be supporting the government amended motion.