Sir Bill Cash told the House of Commons that leaving the European Union will be the most important moment in British history for 250 years. He added leaving the bloc was about freedom and Britain will maintain its sovereignty at any price.
Sir Bill said: “All I can say, however, is we will be watching all these matters with great diligence and with a constructive approach because I trust when we’ve been through the full proceedings on this Bill and finalising the Internal Market Bill.
“We will hope and trust that the confidence is entirely justified and there’ll be no impairment of our sovereignty of the United Kingdom, which is what this is all about.
“I’ll simply conclude by saying this: not since 1688 have we been faced with a situation of such historic importance, other than when we went into the European Union under the false pretences of a white paper which turned out to be unfortunately misleading the British people.”
He added: “This is the most important moment in our history in terms of the last 250 years whereby we have regained the sovereignty that was embedded in the arrangements after 1688/89.”
The Conservative MP continued: “This is our sovereignty and we have absolute total determination, as I understand so does the Prime Minister, to maintain that.
“It’s about democracy, it’s about freedom, it’s what Churchill was proud of, it’s what Margaret Thatcher was proud of, it’s what we’re proud of.
“I simply make this final point, we will maintain our sovereignty at any price.”
Following Sir Bill’s statement, SNP Treasury spokeswoman Alison Thewliss fired a dig at the Tory MP.
On Saturday, Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen issued a joint statement revealing they had agreed to undertake further negotiations on a post-Brexit trade deal.
The statement stated: “Significant differences remain on three critical issues: level playing field, governance and fisheries.
“Both sides underlined that no agreement is feasible if these issues are not resolved.
“Whilst recognising the seriousness of these differences, we agreed that a further effort should be undertaken by our negotiating teams to assess whether they can be resolved.”