Today I will be voting for the Government’s Brexit deal. Having considered the views of constituents who have contacted me on all sides of the debate, the top priority must be to prevent a No Deal outcome.

The Prime Minister’s deal lacks ambition, is thin on detail and falls short of the ‘oven ready deal’ that the Tories promised. They could and should have negotiated a better one. But with the transition period ending in less than 48 hours, we are faced with a choice between a bad deal or no deal at all.

Crashing out without an agreement with our biggest trading partner is unthinkable and would be devastating for jobs and businesses in East Hull and the wider region and country. Therefore, I will be voting for this deal to get badly needed stability and certainty and to avoid the catastrophe of having to trade with the EU with tariffs and quotas which would heavily cost us in terms of jobs and prosperity.

Though it may fall short, with a deal agreed we can move forward and tackle the real issues facing us – securing our economy, protecting our NHS, and rebuilding the country.

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