Hardline Eurosceptic Conservative MPs are repotedly set to support Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal when it is brought to the House of Commons for a vote on Wednesday.
Major players in pro-Brexit parliamentary group the ERG have made announcements over the festive period that seem to indicate their willingness to back the prime minister.
North West Leicestershire MP Andrew Bridgen, writing in the Daily Express insisted the deal negotiated by Lord Frost was the Brexit that 52% of the nation voted for.
Bridgen wrote: “If in 2015 you had offered any reasonable Eurosceptic the scenario where the UK is out of the EU, no longer subject to European Courts, sets its own immigration policies, has quota and tariff free trade with the EU whilst no longer paying billions into its budget and is setting up our own trade deals with over 50 nations and many more to follow, they should have snapped not only your hands off but also your arms and legs.”
Brexit stalwart Sir John Redwood has also hinted at being satisifed with the text, telling Times Radio that “there were some very big issues that [the ERG] fought hard for that were secured.”
Some however have revealed concerns about the lack of time to properly scrutinise the 1,200 plus page text.
Former Brexit secretary David Davis, writing for Conservative Home explained that whilst the deal “looks pretty good on the face of it”, more time is required to adequately scrutinise the text in full before waiving it through the UK legislature.
Davis said: “The success or failure, and the amity or acrimony of [our future] relationship will colour every other aspect of the way we get along with our continental friends and neighbours in the future.
“Getting that right will require Parliament and government to understand exactly what we are signing up to, which will take more than one day.”
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, penning his thoughts in the Telegraph yesterday claimed the deal was not perfect, taking aim particularly at the “outrageous humiliation” of conceding on our fishing grounds. However he accepted that “there comes a point in an endless war… when a settlement must be reached” and called the deal “political pragmatisim.”
The House of Commons will reconvene on Wednesday 30 December to debate the agreement but with Keir Starmer calling on Labour MPs to support it and only a minor contingent of Johnson’s own party expected to dissent, the deal should pass without any major complications.