Sir Mike Penning urges Prime Minister to continue to work to improve the withdrawal agreement

22nd November 2018

Following the Prime Minister’s statement on the political declaration for the UK’s future relationship with the EU, Sir Mike Penning urges the Prime Minister to continue to work to improve the withdrawal agreement to address concerns - especially in relation to the Northern Ireland backstop.

May I thank the Prime Minister for siding with my constituents, who trusted this Government’s and the Opposition’s manifesto commitments to leave the European Union, as they voted to do? It is obvious that there are concerns about the backstop in this House and across the country. She has done brilliantly well to negotiate more stuff in. May I ask her to press a little a bit harder on Saturday?

I thank my right hon. Friend for reminding the House that something like 80% of Members of this House stood on a manifesto to leave the European Union, to deliver on the vote of the referendum, and I hope all Members will recall that when they come to the meaningful vote. He is right about the concerns expressed in relation to the backstop, and I recognise those concerns. That is why we have been looking at alternative arrangements that could be put in place, and we will continue to work on those.


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