Brexit: Will our MPs support Prime Minister’s draft deal?

PUBLISHED: 16:55 15 November 2018

North East Herts MP Sir Oliver Heald and his South Cambs counterpart Heidi Allen. Picture: Archant

North East Herts MP Sir Oliver Heald and his South Cambs counterpart Heidi Allen. Picture: Archant

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As the topic that has split the nation for the last two years comes to its final stages, what do our MPs think about Theresa May’s draft Brexit plan?

The Prime Minister’s plans were looked over and agreed by her cabinet yesterday. And today, cabinet members – including Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab and Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey – handed in their resignations.

Earlier today, the document – of more than 500 pages – detailing the plans was distributed to the rest of Parliament, who will be asked to vote in early December.

North East Hertfordshire MP Sir Oliver Heald told the Crow: “Under this draft agreement the UK would leave the EU and be in charge of its money, laws and borders.

“The agreement would allow our businesses to continue to trade with the EU without interruption and in a way that minimises the friction of regulation and border controls.

How will our MPs vote on the draft Brexit deal? Picture: NerthuzHow will our MPs vote on the draft Brexit deal? Picture: Nerthuz

“The provisions about the transition have some difficult compromises to achieve the necessary results for business.

“Although it is a compromise, it was always going to be. I think the Prime Minister has shown great resilience and courage in reaching this stage and I intend to support her.”

However, it is looking likely that South Cambridgeshire MP Heidi Allen will not join Sir Oliver in backing the Prime Minister’s plans.

She took to Twitter and said: “MPs must now grow a pair, be honest with the public and recommend we stay in the EU.

“True public service demands we put the economy and security of our country first at all times, make the toughest decisions and accept any consequential personal fall out. This is what I signed up for.”

The draft plans set out points discussed in recent months, such as a transition period of 21 months after the UK leaves the EU, a trade agreement “backstop”, and avoiding a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

If Mrs May loses the parliament vote, she may seek to renegotiate, however it there is speculation as to whether she will remain the PM under such circumstances.

Brexiteer and senior Conservative backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg has now submitted a letter of no confidence in Theresa May. In order to trigger a no confidence vote, 47 more MPs must write a similar letter to the 1922 Committee, which is the parliamentary group for the Conservative party.

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