This remains an unprecedented time in our politics, as the Government continues to work to implement the result of the 2016 EU Referendum. I voted to Remain, but I respect the referendum result and believe the best way to deliver this is through a smooth and orderly withdrawal, with a negotiated agreement.
Clearly, the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on a Future Framework that has been negotiated between the UK and the EU is not perfect, and compromises have had to be made on both sides for a deal to be reached. However, the deal agreed is one that delivers on the referendum result, whilst also protecting jobs and our economy.
The deal would: end free movement of people; see the UK leave the Common Agricultural Policy and the Common Fisheries Policy; and enable us to strike new free trade deals with countries around the world. At the same time, the Political Declaration sets out the clear vision to create a new free trade area between the UK and the EU, with no tariffs, fees, charges or quantitative restrictions – the first such agreement between the EU and any other advanced economy in the world.
Furthermore, the deal that has been negotiated is the only deal on the table. Backing this deal would avoid the disruption and uncertainty that no deal would mean for businesses in Macclesfield and across the country. Furthermore, not backing the deal could also put at risk the UK’s withdrawal from the EU entirely.
That is why I will be supporting the Withdrawal Agreement when it is put before the House this week. Now is time for Parliament to come together and move forward, end the uncertainty, and leave the EU in a smooth and orderly way. I will continue to support this vital objective.
Featured in the Macclesfield Express on Wednesday 20th March 2019.