Brexit update - 13th March

Mr Prisk has released a statement regarding the UK's withdrawal from the EU:


Yesterday I voted for the amended deal, to leave the EU in an orderly fashion. Sadly, that deal was defeated, leaving our country in crisis. Too many MPs are still playing games, when we should be trying to find a workable answer, together.


I am very concerned that if we leave without some basic arrangements with our neighbours, or time for business to prepare, it will hit jobs nationally and locally. So having carefully considered all the options I shall supporting amendment f which is known as the Malthouse Compromise.


This would require the UK Government to guarantee the rights of EU citizens here and would give business certainty about the rules, plus a sensible period to adjust to those rules (such as new export tariffs). We would leave on May 22nd, not March 29th, to give time to get our affairs in order. It’s an amendment that has cross party support, and from both remainers and leavers.


I hope it succeeds but if it fails, I will then vote to support the Government motion to decline to leave without a Withdrawal Agreement and future relationship on 29 March.


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