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