PM’s deal ‘not per­fect’ but Mun­dell will sup­port it

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS / POLITICS -

Sec­re­tary of State for Scot­land David Mun­dell has ad­mit­ted that Theresa May’s Brexit deal is “not per­fect”, but has an­nounced that he will sup­port it in a vote at West­min­ster to­mor­row.

MPs will vote on the prime min­is­ter’s With­drawal Agree­ment in the Com­mons af­ter an ini­tial vote sched­uled for last month was de­layed.

There are doubts over whether the deal will re­ceive enough votes to pass, with sev­eral Con­ser­va­tive MPs re­fus­ing to back it.

Mr Mun­dell said: “The prime min­is­ter’s deal is a prod­uct of tough ne­go­ti­a­tion.

“It will mean an or­derly Brexit which takes us out of the Com­mon Fish­eries Pol­icy, guar­an­tees EU cit­i­zens’ rights, en­sures the vi­tal tran­si­tion pe­riod that busi­nesses need and lays the foun­da­tions for ne­go­ti­at­ing our longterm fu­ture trad­ing re­la­tion­ship with the EU.

“It brings cer­tainty, and that’s what the peo­ple I speak to want. It is what busi­ness lead­ers across Scot­land have been call­ing for.

“It also avoids the kind of chaos and con­fu­sion na­tion­al­ists crave be­cause they be­lieve it would strengthen their de­mand for a se­cond in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum.

“I do not claim it is per­fect – but it does achieve key ob­jec­tives.”

Mr Mun­dell in­di­cated that if the prime min­is­ter’s pro­pos­als do not pass in the House of Com­mons, the UK could de­part the EU with­out any deal in place.

He said: “If we do not back this deal, in just 74 days’ time the UK risks crash­ing out of the EU with­out a deal – or, we could be drift­ing to­wards a sit­u­a­tion where we fail to re­spect the ref­er­en­dum re­sult.”

David Mun­dell: Deal brings “cer­tainty”.

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