18th Nov, 2019

'This in my view is a good deal' Rachel Maclean backs PM on Declaration

Correspondent 23rd Nov, 2018

REDDITCH MP Rachel Maclean is backing the Prime Minister following the agreement between the UK and the European Commission on the Draft Political Declaration over Brexit.

She said that, having studied the draft political declaration released by Theresa May, the PM is delivering on the Referendum result.

“My constituents have made it clear to me that they wanted to take back control of our money, borders and laws,” she said.

“This is what will happen by the end of Implementation Period in December 2020.

“This draft declaration makes it abundantly clear that the UK will be ending free movement, leaving the Customs Union, leaving the Common Fisheries Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy, ending the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice and regaining our sovereignty.

“We will be able to sign our own trade deals as well as protecting jobs here in the UK by creating an ambitious free trade area with the EU.”

She added: “This is an important moment for our country, and we must get it right.

“It is very clear to me that it is absolutely impossible to please everyone in this situation. That is what happens in a negotiation and where people have diametrically opposing views on this topic.

” What the Prime Minister has succeeded in doing is delivering a bespoke, unique deal, that has gone beyond what many EU members would wish.

And on the issue of the so-called ‘backstop’ arrangement over Northern Ireland and the Eire she said it was not in the EU’s interest to ever activate the backstop, because it would give the UK an unfair advantage (in their terms) over other member states.

“Another concern I had was regarding the role of the European Court of Justice in future dispute settlements; this has now been allayed by the Prime Minister’s explanation of what will happen in this situation.

“We must all remember that this is just a draft agreement and not the final deal. Negotiations are yet to take place on our future relationship with the EU and nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.

“If we reject this deal, we go back to square one, which means damaging uncertainty and continuing division which threatens jobs, investment and the economy.This in my view is a good deal. This is why I will be supporting it in Parliament.”

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