West Sussex MPs back Boris Johnson's Brexit deal

The Prime Minister announced on Thursday that a ‘great new deal’ had been truck with the European Union which ‘takes back control’. The deal includes new arrangements for the Irish border which replaces the controversial ‘backstop’ insurance policy. He now faces a race against time to convince MPs to vote for the newly-negotiated agreement.

Labour, the SNP, the Liberal Democrats and the DUP have all announced they won’t back the deal, while Mr Johnson also needs to convince 21 Tory rebels who’ve had the party whip removed. One of them, Mid Sussex MP Sir Nicholas Soames, has said he will support the new agreement. Speaking to the BBC’s Newsnight, Sir Nicholas, said he was ‘very pleased’ to see a new deal agreed.

“My quarrel with the Prime Minister was with nothing except no-deal.

“And so it’s a deal and I will vote for it, and so will many of my colleagues of the people who had the whip taken away from them because this is all we want. “Our real anxiety and concern was that we are aware, collectively, of the really serious consequences of this country of no-deal and therefore a deal, and it’s not a bad deal. This isn’t a great deal, but it’s not a bad deal.”

East Worthing and Shoreham MP Tim Loughton took to Twitter on Thursday night to say that he would also support the newly-agreed arrangement, and has called on other MP in voting in favour.

For all those who have been trying to prevent the UK leaving the EU claiming the PM was never serious about achieving a deal your bluff has been called.

Please join me in voting for this deal on Saturday and start working together to achieve what the people instructed us to do

— Tim Loughton MP (@timloughton) October 17, 2019

Gillian Keegan has also indicated she will back the deal. Last month the Chichester MP joined a cross-party group of MPs calling for compromise in order to get an agreement through Parliament.

Agree the best way to avoid no deal is to agree a deal #Brexit #BrexitDeal #MPs4aDeal https://t.co/KXYYUE0rsX

— Gillian Keegan (@GillianKeegan) October 17, 2019

Another to indicate his backing for the PM’s deal is Sir Peter Bottomley, MP for West Worthing, who told Spirit FM that the Prime Minister has his backing:

“I’ve said that if the Prime Minister could propose a deal to Parliament, I will support it, I’m not going to start arguing about a little bit of this or a little bit of that. “The key point is that it’s far better, in my view, to leave because it’s what the referendum result was, and to leave with a deal because it’s most likely to minimise the disadvantages and maximise the opportunities.

“Anything else is wrong.”

Crawley MP Henry Smith has also declared his backing for an agreement.

“I welcome his (Boris Johnson’s) determination to deliver on the British people’s democratic decision for Brexit no later than 31st October 2019 and so we can also move on to a bold domestic agenda of more police, extra NHS funding and increased school budgets.

“Leaving the EU is an opportunity to extend our global horizons using our unique international links, as well as a chance to rejuvenate our democracy at home.”

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