Statement on the Prime Minister’s New Brexit Deal and Saturday’s Vote
I will be returning to Westminster tomorrow in order to vote for the deal the Prime Minister concluded with the the EU in Brussels yesterday. Over the last twelve months I have received a huge volume of e mails, and contact via social media, about Brexit. My office have maintained a tally of how the views of constituents break down, and I remain ever mindful that 64% of the votes cast in the Stourbridge constituency were for Leave.
On the basis of that referendum result, and the views that continue to be expressed, I believe that there is still a clear majority in Stourbridge for leaving the EU hence my decision to support the deal tomorrow.
I am concerned about the risks to the future of the UK caused by the decision to allow Northern Ireland to remain in the EU Single Market. I fear that Scotland will want the same treatment; and if that is not forthcoming then the pressure for a second independence referendum will gather pace.
It is important to note that what I trust will be agreed by Parliament tomorrow is just a starting point for negotiations about our future relationship with the EU. I am disappointed that the PM has removed many of the commitments made by the former PM that provided for frictionless trade and maximum access to the single market for goods and services. But that is a debate for another day; the priority for Parliament tomorrow is to get off the starting blocks by passing the deal.