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Remember the Spartans! Trade deal would NOT have happened without Brexit hardliners – MP

Brexit: Tory MP Andrew Rosindell slams anti-Brexit ‘propaganda’

However, Andrew Rosindell has also outlined a number of flaws in the agreement, notably in relation to Northern Ireland, fishing and British overseas territories including Gibraltar. Mr Rosindell, MP for Romford in Essex, was speaking after the European Research Group (ERG) of which he is a member confirmed they would be backing the deal, set out in a 1,256-page document published this week.

He told Express.co.uk: “Today, I am in Parliament to finally vote on behalf of the people of Romford to deliver what my constituents voted for on June 26, 2016: to take back control of our country and exit the European Union.”

Referring to the actions of the group of MPs dubbed the Spartans because of their unbending opposition to Mrs May’s deal, he added: “This is only possible today, because on March 29, 2019, I and 28 others on the Conservative benches voted down the then proposed withdrawal agreement which we were told was the only option on the table, or there would be no Brexit.

“Had that gone through and not been defeated, at midnight tomorrow, the UK would have suffered the humiliation of falling into a ‘backstop’, making us a prisoner of the EU, with no escape route. Thank goodness we voted to block that agreement!”

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Turning his attention to the Prime Minister himself, Mr Rosindell said: “Boris Johnson has been true to his word.

“He has come back with an agreement which facilitates free trade with zero quotas and tariffs, without the UK being part of the Single Market or Customs Union and with no control over us by the European Court of Justice.”

He acknowledged: “The agreement is by no means perfect.

“I disagree with the additional five and a half years of access given to the EU to fish in our seas.

“I disagree with the Northern Ireland protocol which creates a divide within our United Kingdom.

“And I am disappointed that vital issues relating to Gibraltar, our British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies were not fully settled as part of the overall agreement, despite clear promises that they would.

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“No part of our great British family can be left behind.

“These are battles I will continue to fight. There is unfinished business to be concluded!”

Nevertheless he added: “Our UK sovereignty has been restored and at last, at 11 pm on Thursday, we will be free of the clutches of the EU once and for all.

“Mrs Thatcher was right all along when she warned us about the emerging European superstate. It is thanks to the courageous spirit of the British people, that after tomorrow, we will once again be the masters of our own destiny.

“This is a proud moment for our nation and in time, future generations will thank us for it.”

Mr Johnson has urged parliament to back his post-Brexit deal and open a new relationship as a “friendly neighbour” with the bloc.

Britain and the European Union will sign the agreement today, with Parliament poised to approve its implementation, ending more four years of negotiation and safeguarding nearly £750billion in trade annually.

Speaking in Parliament today, Mr Johnson said: “Brexit is not an end but a beginning.

“The responsibility now rests with all of us to make the best use of the powers that we regain, the tools that we’ve taken back into our hands.”

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