North-east MP asks col­leagues on all sides to vote as one

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS -

West Aberdeen­shire and Kin­car­dine MP An­drew Bowie last night urged Scot­tish col­leagues on all sides of the House to “stand up, be counted” and back Theresa May’s Brexit deal.

The Tory said he had not come to the de­ci­sion to sup­port the prime minister lightly, but stressed it was the best out­come for busi­ness, for his con­stituents and Scot­land.

And he in­sisted it would be a “great dere­lic­tion of duty” if he were to ig­nore the views of the Scotch Whisky As­so­ci­a­tion and Scot­tish Fish­er­men’s Fed­er­a­tion among other or­gan­i­sa­tions who have come out in favour of the deal.

In his speech on day three of the de­bate on the with­drawal agree­ment and po­lit­i­cal dec­la­ra­tion, he told MPs it had not been an easy choice but it was the “right one” and “in the na­tional in­ter­est”.

Ap­peal­ing to Scot­tish col­leagues of all colours, he added: “It is now time to stand up and be counted.

“For the sake of our econ­omy, for the sake of this coun­try, back this deal, back this gov­ern­ment.

“Let’s move on to­gether as we con­tinue to build a Bri­tain, united, stronger and fit for the fu­ture.”

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