MP still has hopes for reshaped Brexit deal

Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan has expressed her hope that Britain's Brexit deal can still be reshaped.

Thursday, 13th December 2018, 11:00 am
Prime Minister Theresa May and Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan.

Mrs Trevelyan, a committed Brexiteer, has voiced fears that the current deal with the EU would leave the country in ‘a perpetual customs union that we could never leave’.

Speaking before last night’s vote of confidence in Prime Minister Theresa May, she said: “Despite many voices in Parliament determined to ignore the result of the referendum, as I have said since the Prime Minister unveiled her deal with the EU – there is much in the deal to be celebrated and which would honour the result of the referendum.

“However, the Northern Ireland Protocol – the ‘backstop’ – if triggered would force us into a perpetual customs union that we could never leave, which is unacceptable.

“If a unilateral exit mechanism or a genuine, legally-ratified time limit could be agreed, I am sure the deal would win the support of the Commons, and we could focus on shaping our future relationship with the EU.

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“If there are no changes to the Protocol, the UK would leave without agreeing a deal immediately, and we would work towards individual agreements on citizens’ rights, travel, pharmaceuticals and security and many other areas on which we are already agreed with the EU, so that once we leave, our European neighbours can continue to benefit from our expertise, and we can ensure as smooth as possible a transition for citizens and for those UK businesses who trade with the EU.

“Whichever option we end up with, I will continue to call for and support all efforts to ensure this country is ready to manage the transition in a way which limits disruption and enables us to reap the many benefits that will be available to us once we have left the EU.”

Yesterday, Mrs Trevelyan said she was thinking how to vote on the PM’s position.

“I will respect the secret ballot process and I will therefore not be discussing which way I will vote once I have reached my decision,” she added.