MP supports Prime Minister’s Chequers Brexit Declaration

Henry said that he broadly supported the Prime Minister’s recent declaration on Brexit, commenting on the matter Henry stated: “Whilst it is highly regrettable David Davis and Boris Johnson resigned, nevertheless, they are both men of honour and principle and felt they could not go along with a proposal which they could not put their hearts into. I fully understand this reaction because the deal put forward is far from ideal, and it goes further than many of us had hoped as far as the commitment to retain equivalence with the European Union on all standards for manufactured and agri-goods. As the Prime Minister herself admitted this will adversely impact our ability to sign independent trade treaties with third countries. However, it is most encouraging that the Secretary of State for International Trade, Liam Fox, has supported the Government and has made it clear that he believes the United Kingdom will still be able to deliver an independent trade policy. As he recently said “The UK will have its own its own seat at the WTO, be able to set tariffs to for our trade with the rest of the world, and have the ability to secure trade deals with other countries and possibly achieving accession to the Trans-Pacific Partnership."

“You’ll not be surprised to hear that I am far from happy that the CJEU will be involved in resolving future disputes; although the Prime Minister has assured us that our own courts will have primacy."

“Obviously I can quite understand why many people are voicing their grave concerns about the package. However, as a pragmatist and realist I have asked the following three questions. First of all, would an agreement that did not contain these concessions have any chance of getting through our Parliament? The answer is a categorical no. Secondly is there any prospect what so ever of the EU accepting more robust terms? The answer here is a categorical no as well. Thirdly, was there any other way of sorting out the Irish border question without imposing a hard border and putting at risk the future and integrity of the United Kingdom. The answer here is another no.”

“This is why I feel it is absolutely essential that we now get behind the Prime Minister and support her 100% as she take the agreement to Brussels and different European Heads of State and Government. Whilst it is highly regrettable her two senior ministers have stood down, in some ways this might strengthen her hand with the EU, because it is now obvious that the Prime Minister is not going to be able to make any further concessions.”

Henry went on to say: "I was also pleased and relieved the Prime Minister has also stated very clearly that first of all, she is not going to make any further concessions; and that she is also instructing her Cabinet to put in place the necessary contingencies for a no deal outcome. I can assure you I understand your concerns and feelings but we will be leaving the EU on 29.03.19 its Single Market and Customs Union; the Common Agricultural and Fishery Policies; and we will have an independent foreign and defence policy whilst the supremacy of our courts will be restored."