This deal delivers and lets us move on
It has been a thankless task, but the prime minister continues to do her level best to deliver on the outcome of the 2016 referendum.
The British people voted, in a UK-wide vote, to leave the EU and this government must follow through on that.
Most people I meet tell me they just want this government “to get on and deliver Brexit!”
Much of what has been said about the Withdrawal Agreement and the implications for Scottish fishing – particularly on social media or by the SNP – has been misleading or just plain wrong.
In a recent meeting with representatives of the fisheries sector, I was able to explain the benefits of this deal and lay various concerns to rest.
The prize is still within sight – the UK out of the Common Fisheries Policy and negotiating annually as an independent coastal state, just like other non-EU nations, such as Norway and Iceland.
Nothing in this withdrawal agreement, and nothing President Macron might say, stops that from happening.
I will continue to hold the prime minister to her repeated commitment that the UK will resist EU attempts to link access to waters with trade.
But next week
Iwill be supporting her and voting for this Withdrawal Agreement.
It delivers for our fishermen and our farmers. It keeps business moving and guarantees the rights of EU citizens here and UK nationals abroad.
We must move to the next stage – negotiating the actual future fisheries agreement. This deal allows us to do that.