• EU Trade Deal

    22 January 2020

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about agreeing a trade deal between the UK and the EU.

    The UK will leave the EU on 31 January. An implementation period will follow during which the UK and the EU will negotiate an agreement on their future relationship. The  manifesto I stood on was clear that the implementation period would not be extended beyond December 2020 and this is being put into law. I fully support this approach.

    I appreciate that you have concerns about the deadline but I believe that it will focus the negotiations. The Prime Minister has already shown that he is able to negotiate international agreements with speed and efficiency. The Withdrawal Agreement was re-opened and re-negotiated in under three months despite many believing that this would be not be possible.

    Much of the detail on the future partnership negotiations has already been agreed in the Political Declaration. The UK and the EU share closely aligned interests and I am confident that the determination and willingness of the Parties to reach a free trade agreement will ensure that the matter is brought to a conclusion by the end of 2020 as legally committed to in good faith by both parties as part of the implementation period. Neither is working towards a no deal scenario although both are prepared for every eventuality.

    Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.

    Yours sincerely,

    Mel Stride MP

    MP for Central Devon