Thank you for writing to me about the Brexit deal.
In my opinion the deal (which no one is saying is perfect) offers the best opportunity for the UK to leave the EU, regain control of our borders, laws and trade policy, and protect British jobs which depend on trade with the EU. This agreement also seeks to bring some measure of healing to a very polarised debate in the country. It is a compromise – but that is something to be proud of. It is an agreement that honours the result of the referendum while keeping a close trading relationship with Europe.
Our obligation now is to push for the best possible version of Brexit and through a practical, measured approach, which is respectful to all our citizens – however they voted – to create a positive future for Britain and heal the deep divisions that have intensified since the referendum.
This is a deal the nation can unite behind, and one Parliament should back.
If we back this Brexit deal, it means:
– We will control our own borders and end free movement once and for all.
– We will protect jobs with a deal that is good for our economy.
– We will no longer send vast sums of money to the EU so we can spend more on our priorities, like investing in our long term plan for the NHS.
– We will be able to strike free trade deals around the world.
– We will take back control of our laws, ending the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in the UK.
However, if we reject the deal, we will go back to square one. This would mean:
– Damaging uncertainty which will threaten jobs, investment and the economy.
– More division in the country.
– Less time to focus on the issues that matter here at home, like the NHS and our schools.
So this is the choice: backing the deal in the national interest so we can build a brighter future – or going back to square one by rejecting it.
I firmly believe that however anyone voted in 2016, now is the time to come together.