MP backs Brexit White Pa­per as ‘no deal’ could lose jobs

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Scar­bor­ough and Whitby MP Robert Good­will has backed Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May’s Brexit White Pa­per.

The so-called ‘Che­quers deal’ has caused di­vides in the Con­ser­va­tive party.

There have been a num­ber of high-pro­file res­ig­na­tions of Brex­i­teers who feel the plan does not de­liver on the ref­er­en­dum re­sult to leave the EU.

But Re­main­ers have also spo­ken out against the deal. For­mer Labour Prime Min­is­ter Tony Blair said the deal ‘ties us to Europe with­out giv­ing us a say in its rules’.

Mr Good­will said: “I think it is a prac­ti­cal com­pro­mise and is the best start­ing point for us to be­gin de­liv­er­ing Brexit.

“If peo­ple read the White Pa­per, and I don’t think many peo­ple ac­tu­ally have, they will see that it is de­liv­er­ing on Brexit with­out go­ing for the very, very hard op­tion that could dam­age the UK econ­omy. Some peo­ple just want us to crash out of Europe and that be that but we have too many busi­nesses that im­port/ex­port to al­low that to hap­pen.”

Mr Good­will added: “I could not turn round to the vot­ers in Scar­bor­ough and say I’d voted for some­thing that would cost them their jobs.”

He said Scar­bor­ough­based coach builder Plax­ton is a com­pany that could be hurt by a ‘no deal’ Brexit.

He said: “Plax­ton im­port parts from Swe­den to build their coaches so if we crash out and they can’t do that for a pe­riod of time and have to lay off staff then I could not vote for that.”

Robert Good­will

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