No self-respecting nation would accept the reported terms of Theresa May’s Brexit deal, writes Ross Thomson MP. I campaigned for a Leave vote in 2016 because I believe Britain can thrive outwith the EU.
Throughout the negotiations, I have backed the Prime Minister and voiced my support for a deal that ensures we can seize the huge opportunities that lie ahead. However, I have also been clear that we cannot have a deal at any cost. I am a Unionist and I fought with head, heart and soul to stop the SNP breaking up the UK in 2014. If the backstop arrangements mean a separate regulatory regime for Northern Ireland or closer alignment with the EU, then that is something no Unionist could support.
We have already seen Nicola Sturgeon leaping on any suggestion of a differential deal for Northern Ireland, and we can expect the SNP to continue to demand separate arrangements for Scotland.