Brexit Update

I was delighted the Prime Minister secured agreement before Christmas on the 3 key principles of Phase 1 of the Brexit negotiations. Indeed, many doubted whether this would be possible but she managed to confound her critics.

Since then, the Prime Minister has united her Cabinet under her leadership and this is very good news indeed. Theresa May has shown herself to be resilient, strong and statesmanlike.

It was also a really quite outstanding achievement for her to secure agreement on the transition. This will prevent the so-called ‘cliff edge’ scenario and give businesses much more certainty. Of course, there is still some way to go and I have already voiced my own concerns about staying within the Common Fisheries within the transition period.

On the subject of fisheries, I was one of the signatories of the recent letter to the Prime Minister which strongly urged her to spell out very clearly how Britain is going to take back control after the 1st January 2021.