“It usually takes 7 to 10 years to negotiate trade deals of this size, but the UK Government and the European Union have concluded this deal in just 11 months. This is a remarkable achievement for both sides.
“The conclusion of the negotiations ends a process which began four years ago when Redditch and the UK voted to leave the EU. Having been first elected after the referendum, at every stage I have delivered on what the majority of my constituents voted for – to get Brexit done.
“The manifesto I was re-elected on with more than 60% of the vote in 2019 said we would deliver a trade deal with the EU – and this Government has delivered on another promise.
“From January 1st, the UK will have political and economic independence. This deal takes back control of our laws, borders, money, trade and fisheries – and it ends any role for the European Court. Having received thousands of emails and had hundreds of conversations with my constituents these past three years, I know this deal delivers on what they voted for in 2016.
“This deal is the first free trade agreement based on zero tariffs and zero quotas the EU has ever agreed. We know that Redditch’s economy is reliant on manufacturing, and this deal will allow our businesses to continue to trade smoothly with our European friends and people will still be able to buy goods from Europe tariff-free.
“We will also be able to further support our businesses as this deal allows us to introduce our own modern subsidy system so that we can better support businesses to grow and thrive.
“As my constituents rightly expect, over this Christmas period I have been reading through the detail of this trade agreement. It is my belief this deal delivers on what my constituents voted for in 2016, provides businesses with the certainty they need and enables the UK to strike trade deals with new markets, reasserting ourselves as a liberal and free trading nation. With all of this in mind, I will therefore be voting for this trade deal today.
“It is my sincere wish, now this process has concluded, that we can put the divisions of the past behind us and move forward as a more united country.”