Matt Vickers MP has welcomed the news that a future trade agreement with the European Union has been reached.
It delivers on the Government’s manifesto pledge to get Brexit done.
Matt, who is the north East’s only member of the Brexit Select Committee, believes that this historic agreement will allow Britain to move on and focus on delivering the people’s priorities, such as strengthened support for businesses and communities in light of the impact of Coronavirus.
The UK left the EU with a withdrawal agreement on the 31st of January 2020. Since that time, the UK has been negotiating a deeper future relationship which is based on the principle of free trade. Matt has been clear that any agreement must treat the UK as a sovereign nation with the ability to set its own laws, and he is pleased that the Government has negotiated a deal which honours that commitment. Matt has also been clear that any future trade deal must respect the UK’s high standards of food produce and animal welfare, and he is proud that the Government has been standing firm in all negotiations – including with the EU.
Matt, who sits on the Future Relationship with the EU Select Committee, has welcomed the opportunity that leaving the EU brings to establish closer trading relationships with countries around the world, such as Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.
Matt Vickers said,
“I was elected on a manifesto commitment to get Brexit done. I am delighted that the Government has stood firm in its negotiations and achieved a deal which will be worth more than £660 billion a year.
The people of Stockton, I am sure, will be relieved that after 4 years we have secured a deal that allows us to move on and determine our own destiny. I believe we will start to see tangible benefits sooner rather than later with the potential for a job creating, business boosting Freeport on Teesside.
Our future trade deal programme allows us to become more global, negotiating deals across the world such as those recently agreed with Japan and Canada. It will allow us to continue to deliver on our agenda to level up communities and unlock their potential. We will do this through strengthening our region as the centre of environmentally friendly manufacturing and helping our amazing businesses export more widely.”