Nine months after the referendum, Article 50 has been triggered – beginning the formal process of the UK leaving the EU. Over the next two years, I will be closely scrutinising the Government and monitoring the potential impact of Brexit and benefits – or not – of any proposed deal.
Negotiations absolutely must include securing the rights of EU citizens in the UK and British citizens in the EU, as well as delivering ‘the exact same benefits’ which we get from the single market, customs union, and tariff-free trade, as promised by David Davis, the Brexit Secretary.
Under no circumstances can the Good Friday Agreement be put at risk through the introduction of a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Neither should we compromise our existing strong intelligence, security, policing cooperation with EU nations.
Despite what the Government have suggested, no deal would be an awful deal; a scenario which would – thanks to the sorts of tariffs incurred under World Trade Organisation rules – see every household’s bills rise sharply and the pound continue to fall.