Uk’S Withdrawal from the European Union

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:20 pm on 13th March 2019.

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Photo of Antoinette Sandbach Antoinette Sandbach Conservative, Eddisbury 6:20 pm, 13th March 2019

It is always a pleasure to follow my right hon. Friend Anna Soubry, who rightly points out that when you are honest with your constituents and tell them how it is, they respect you for it. My constituents have seen that we have discussed the economic consequences of a no-deal Brexit time and again. I am disappointed, but not surprised, that some of my colleagues have chosen the irresponsible course. Given a choice between compromise and chaos, they chose chaos.

We all know the facts. No deal could tip us back into recession, and will cost the north-west jobs and cripple our exports. It would undermine the difficult decisions this Government have had to make to strengthen the economy over the past decade. It is time for this House to state clearly that no deal is not in the interest of our country or our constituents, and that we will not countenance it. The negotiation is over. The deal is over. No deal is no longer just a threat to drive a hard bargain; it is a threat to our economy, and a sign to any future trade partners of how unwilling we are to compromise.