Brexit has rightly not dominated the political agenda in the last year as we deal with the devastating impact of COVID-19. Over 70,000 people have lost their lives and more than 2 million people are predicted to lose their jobs.
We have left the European Union and at the end of December I voted for the Government’s trade deal, having always believed we should respect the result of the 2016 referendum.
The vote was a choice between this deal or No Deal. It’s not the deal we would have wanted – it lacks protection for our service, manufacturing and creative industries, as well as safeguards on employment rights. But we must now move beyond the divisions of the past and unite in the national interest to tackle the issues that we face and deliver real change for our country.
The Government can no longer blame others for their own domestic failures. For the poverty, unemployment and inequality that they oversee.
The real change that communities like ours need must now be delivered.