During the Prime Minister’s statement in the House of Commons today, Warrington South MP Faisal Rashid, challenged the Prime Minister on her draft Brexit Deal.
During the debate, many MPs criticised the deal, slamming the Prime Minister for negotiating a worse deal than our existing deal with the European Union.
Throughout the day the Prime Minister was plagued with resignations, as it became increasingly clear there is no support from the majority of MPs for this deal to be passed.
Speaking after the Prime Minister’s statement, Faisal said:
“Over the past two days it has become clear that the Government has failed to achieve a Brexit deal that delivers for working people in this country.
“I have said from the start that I would judge the Prime Minister’s deal once all the plans had been fully revealed. Having now seen the deal, I am disappointed that we have been presented with what is clearly the result of a miserable failure of negotiations.
“Only 7 out of the 585 pages of text that make up the draft agreement focus on the UK’s future with the EU. The deal does not include a permanent Customs Union, it fails to protect manufacturing, offers no firm protections for services and fails to protect workers’ rights and the environment.
“What is increasingly clear is that the deal we are being offered will leave us in a worse situation than we are currently in. This deal is bad for the United Kingdom, and it is bad for Warrington.
“Whilst I respect the result of the Referendum in 2016, the deal that has been presented to us is not one that anyone voted for – regardless of whether they voted to Leave or Remain.
“I understand that individuals across Warrington South are deeply divided on what our future partnership with the EU should look like. But this deal will have catastrophic consequences for the lives of the people I represent, and therefore it is not a deal that I can support.
“This is an incredibly difficult time, and there are many difficult decisions to be made.
“As the Member of Parliament for Warrington South, I will do my best to make the right decisions for my constituents, and for the country – with the information that is available to me.”