• no deal Brexit

    I respect the referendum result and I also have serious concerns about the way the Prime Minister has handled negotiations with the European Union over the past 20 months.

    However, I disagree on the merits of a no deal Brexit. I believe leaving the EU without a deal would be the worst possible outcome to this process, with severe consequences for our country across many areas.

    Amongst other issues, a no deal Brexit would mean no reciprocal deal on citizens’ rights, including those British citizens currently living, working and studying in EU countries. It would mean an end to the frictionless and tariff-free trade with the EU that our manufacturers rely on. Indeed, 44% of our exports are to EU countries and 50% of our imports come from the EU. Many businesses – such as the car industry – have supply chains and productions processes interwoven throughout Europe. A no deal Brexit would also mean no agreement on how to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

    Unfortunately, I believe the Government’s approach to the negotiations is threatening our country with either a bad deal that would harm jobs, rights and living standards, or a catastrophic no deal scenario.

    That is why I have long argued that the choice facing Parliament cannot simply be between a bad deal or no deal. I do not believe the Government has the right to subject our country to chaos because of its own failure to negotiate a good deal. Therefore, if any deal is voted down by Parliament, I believe there should be a general election to try to get a government that can negotiate the best deal for our country or failing that a peoples vote.

    This is a critical point in our history and businesses need certainty and stability from the Government. I will continue to press the Prime Minister to put the national interest first.