Why I am back­ing the PM’s Brexit deal

Solihull News - - CAROLINE SPELMAN -

EV­ERY­ONE knows divorce is dif­fi­cult, costs money and that nei­ther party emerges an out­right win­ner.

Sep­a­rat­ing from the club we have been a mem­ber of for 40 years was al­ways likely to have some of the same prob­lems.

The ba­sis of the deal has been known for some time: like a four legged ta­ble, one leg is the as­sur­ance to EU cit­i­zens who have lived and worked here that they will con­tinue to be able to do so and for the other one mil­lion UK cit­i­zens in the EU the same as­sur­ance; the sec­ond leg is the divorce bill of £ 39 bil­lion for our out­stand­ing li­a­bil­i­ties; the third leg, and by far the most im­por­tant, is fric­tion­less trade for UK busi­ness with the EU, which is our main mar­ket; the fourth is re­solv­ing the Ir­ish ques­tion.

Mrs May has se­cured an of­fer pre­vi­ously re­fused to David Cameron: we would take back con­trol of our bor­ders and end free move­ment as part of her deal.

This rep­re­sents a huge shift and re­flects what many peo­ple told me they wanted dur­ing the ref­er­en­dum cam­paign.

A re­al­ity check is re­quired.

No deal would be a dis­as­ter for the West Mid­lands which ex­ports more than any other re­gion to the EU.

Car man­u­fac­tur­ers have in­di­cated that ‘ no deal’ could re­sult in tar­iffs of £ 4.5bn.

Why would busi­ness pro­duce goods here for its prin­ci­pal mar­ket if bar­ri­ers and tar­iffs are to be put in its way by no deal?

No deal would put at risk the re­cov­ery of man­u­fac­tur­ing which has given a whole gen­er­a­tion of young peo­ple a great start in well paid, skilled jobs.

This deal gives us back con­trol over our bor­ders, our law mak­ing and our money so why re­ject it?

We will not have the same de­gree of in­flu­ence over the club we are leav­ing but, just like a divorce there is al­ways a price.

For the fresh start the coun­try voted for at the ref­er­en­dum this is the best deal on of­fer and the EU has said it will not im­prove on it.

I am full of ad­mi­ra­tion for Mrs May who calmly and pa­tiently ex­plained the de­tail of the with­drawal agree­ment and the po­lit­i­cal dec­la­ra­tion to our Par­lia­ment.

This is the time for cool heads and ra­tio­nal think­ing, not hot- headed emo­tion or the prospect of a so called Peo­ple’s Vote. In re­gards to the ques­tion of a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum; more than 17.4 mil­lion peo­ple voted to leave the EU in 2016.

At the 2017 Gen­eral Elec­tion, both main po­lit­i­cal par­ties, which re­ceived more than 80 per cent of the vote, pledged to re­spect the EU ref­er­en­dum re­sult.

When a de­ci­sion of con­sti­tu­tional sig­nif­i­cance is made, it is im­por­tant that demo­cratic pro­cesses are fol­lowed. Par­lia­ment gave the British peo­ple the fi­nal say on the UK’s mem­ber­ship of the EU and the re­sult should be re­spected.

The prospect of a sec­ond vote might be po­lit­i­cally ex­pe­di­ent, but ul­ti­mately it pro­motes uncer­tainty and divi­sion and would not be in the na­tional in­ter­est.

It is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of Gov­ern­ment to lead the coun­try and, as the Prime Min­is­ter stated on Novem­ber 15, “lead­er­ship is about tak­ing the right de­ci­sions not the easy ones”. I re­spect the huge ef­fort made by the PM and fully sup­port the deal she has se­cured to de­liver Brexit.

Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May

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