Statement On The New Brexit Deal

In the biggest electoral turnout since 1992, 17.4 million people and Milton Keynes voted to leave in the 2016 referendum. Since then, I have been committed to ensuring that their vote is respected.

Today, despite the odds, the Prime Minister has brought a good deal back to Parliament to ensure that we leave the European Union on October 31st.  

The deal delivers on the key referendum promises. We would have control of our own laws, we can strike our own free global trade deals, we can control our taxes, leave the jurisdiction of the European Courts of Justice and end free movement.

We will leave the Single Market and the UK as a whole will leave the Customs Union, keeping the United Kingdom united and preserving peace in Northern Ireland, all without the need of a Northern Ireland backstop.

It will provide certainty for our local businesses and protect citizenship rights of Milton Keynes residents in the EU and vice versa.

The UK will have a close and friendly relationship with our EU neighbours as we forge a bright, global future for Britain.

The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, has ruled out a Brexit extension while Parliament has ruled out leaving without a deal.  This deal therefore is our chance to leave on October 31st in a smooth and orderly fashion, to end this continued uncertainty and move onto pressing issues of local and national importance that have been shelved for continued Brexit debate.

I will be voting in favour of the deal and I sincerely hope that MPs can unite to get Brexit done by October 31st.

The revised deal can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/new-protocol-on-irelandnorthern-ireland-and-political-declaration.