The Brexit Deal

Last week marked the culmination of a long and complex process of negotiation between the United Kingdom and the European Union.

The Prime Minister went to Brussels and came home with an agreed Brexit deal which fulfils the democratic decision of the British public, including my constituents in Staffordshire Moorlands.

This is an incredibly important moment for the Moorlands and I want to take this opportunity to explain what this deal means to our future.

 

First, control of our borders. Not an emergency brake on free movement or a promise of greater transition controls in the future - but an end to the free movement of people, in full, once and for all.

 

Second, control of our money. Not a reduction in our membership fee, but an end to vast annual payments being sent to the EU. That is what this deal delivers.

Instead, the Government will be able to focus taxpayers’ money on the domestic issues that matter to my constituents. Like the £394 million per week of extra investment we are putting into the NHS and taking care of our public services.

Third, control over our laws. Not just the return of some areas of control from Brussels - but our laws being made in our country by democratically elected politicians, interpreted and enforced by British courts.

 

Clearly there has been a range of strong opinions on the negotiation process, but you do not get everything you want in any negotiation.

You need to identify what your vital interests are and stick to them, but be prepared to compromise in other areas in order to achieve a result.

The referendum was won on three main issues: borders, laws and money. This deal will deliver on all three.  

But of most importance, this deal is in the best interest of Staffordshire Moorlands. 

I know from conversations I have with my constituents that people just want the Government to get on with it.

They want a good deal done that fulfils the vote and allows us to look forward, not back. That is what this deal delivers.

It supports our thriving industries, such as agriculture, and protects local jobs and businesses.

For example, in agriculture - so vital to our local economy in the Moorlands - it does not just deliver a better deal under the Common Agricultural Policy; it takes us out of the CAP completely, meaning we can design new systems of support for farmers.

At the same time, it delivers the certainty and clarity that local businesses have called for since the referendum.

Fantastic local businesses, such as Ornua Foods and Scabetti, can now rest assured that they will have time to adjust to our new relationship, avoid a cliff edge, and therefore protect vital jobs and investment.

Outside of the EU we will also be able to strike new trade deals around the world and open up new markets in the world’s fastest growing economies.

But before this, MPs need to vote on this deal before Christmas. 

It will be one of the most significant votes that Parliament has held for many years. On it will depend whether we move forward together into a brighter future or open the door to yet more division and uncertainty.

So as your Member of Parliament I will be wholeheartedly supporting this deal which is in the best interest of my constituents, and avoids going back to square one with all the chaos that would entail.

This deal puts Staffordshire Moorlands in a fantastic position for the future and I hope it has your support.