Back this deal and we can win the next fight


OUR doughty and coura­geous Prime Min­is­ter is faced with a grow­ing num­ber of Tory Brex­i­teers and Re­main­ers set to join Labour, Scot­tish Na­tion­al­ists and Lib Dems in vot­ing her deal down.

So to­day she fol­lows the ex­am­ple of Win­ston Churchill in Dark­est Hour and reaches out to the Bri­tish peo­ple, to make her case and ap­peal to them to put pres­sure on par­lia­men­tar­i­ans to back her plans for a “brighter fu­ture”.

For those of us who have fought long and hard for Brexit it is not an easy deal to swal­low. The North­ern Ire­land back­stop seems to threaten a life­time pur­ga­tory un­der EU rule, while is­sues such as the level playing field ap­pear to un­der­mine our free­dom to strike trade deals.

But the EU has also been forced to make big con­ces­sions over its own rules and money. We should also note that the back­stop so­lu­tion is dif­fi­cult for both sides and is not one which ei­ther party would want to keep in per­pe­tu­ity.

What has also been lost in the de­bate is that this takes us to stage two on the fu­ture re­la­tion­ship with the EU and there is still much to be gained and fought over.

By sup­port­ing this With­drawal Agree­ment, MPs will al­low the coun­try and EU to move on to the next stage and de­cide whether we want a very close or more dis­tant re­la­tion­ship with the EU.

Most im­por­tantly it guar­an­tees Brexit hap­pens. If the agree­ment fails, it is likely Re­mainer MPs will find a way to stop Brexit.

With that in mind we should thank Mrs May for get­ting as good a deal as she can and MPs should back it. But there can be no sell-out in the next round of talks to ap­pease Re­main­ers or Brus­sels bu­reau­crats.

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