Guy Opperman MP: Why I back Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal
Tuesday, January 15 will be one of the most important days in the future of the United Kingdom, as MPs vote either for or against Theresa May's Brexit deal.
Here, Hexham's Conservative MP GUY OPPERMAN explains why is is backing the PM all the way.
As an MP, its fair to say that a lot of people want to talk to me about Brexit. Rightly so, it is one of the biggest issues facing our country.
Over the past few weeks, months and years I have spoken to thousands of people about Brexit. The message from them has been consistent and clear: help the Prime Minister to get on with the job and deliver the best Brexit deal for our country.
Theresa May has an incredibly though job. I think everyone accepts this.
No Prime Minister since Winston Churchill has faced such a difficult task. Despite this, she has managed to agree, in principle, the terms of the UK's withdrawal from the European Union, as well as the terms of our future relationship.
Let me be clear about what this deal means. It maintains jobs, security and the integrity of the United Kingdom, whilst at the same time giving us complete control over our immigration policy, our laws and our money.
How the North East voted in the EU Referendum in June 2016
Newcastle: Remain 65,404 (50.7%); Leave 63,598 (49.3%)
Sunderland: Remain 51,930 (38.7%); Leave 82,394 (61.3%)
North Tyneside: Remain 52,873 (46.63%); Leave 60,589 (53.37%)
Gateshead: Remain 44,429 (43.2%); Leave 58,529 (56.8%)
South Tyneside: Remain 30,014 (38%); Leave 49,065 (62%)