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Norfolk MP welcomes Brexit breakthrough and predicts 'brilliant' trade deal

PUBLISHED: 11:58 17 October 2019 | UPDATED: 15:53 17 October 2019

Chloe Smith and Henry Bellingham have welcomed the news of a Brexit deal. Picture: UK Parliament

Chloe Smith and Henry Bellingham have welcomed the news of a Brexit deal. Picture: UK Parliament

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Boris Johnson has secured a Brexit deal with the European Union.

Although the deal has been agreed between negotiators of the UK and the Union, it still needs the approval of both the UK and the European parliaments.

Furthermore the Democratic Unionist party has said it cannot support the deal "as it stands."

However Norfolk MPs are optimistic about the Prime Minister's plans.

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Sir Henry Bellingham, MP for North West Norfolk, said: "Boris Johnson and his negotiating team have worked really hard to get this deal - it's a fantastic breakthrough."

He continued: "It's an ingenious plan and one which prevents a hard border in Northern Ireland while still sticking to our own lines.

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"I understand that Northern Ireland voted to remain and I understand it is sub-optimal situation. But businesses and industry leaders in Northern Ireland need clarity which this provides."

He said: "This is only the beginning, there is a lot more hard work to be done. Provided we get the deal through parliament I believe we can get some brilliant free trade deals with Europe."

His sentiments were echoed by Norwich North MP Chloe Smith.

Ms Smith, who is currently on maternity leave, said: "This is really good news. It's important to get Brexit done so we can move on and start working on other things like the NHS and education."

She was critical of Labour's response to the news, after leader Jeremy Corbyn said "the latest deal was no better than Theresa May's".

"Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party are all over the place," she said. "They've had more positions on Brexit than there are days in the week.

"I personally voted to remain back in 2016 but ever since then I have voted in favour of the deals which we have been given to leave the EU. I would urge my colleagues to back this deal so that we can move for the communities that we serve."

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