Thank you to those who have contacted me about delivering a deal for our departure from the EU. I understand several constituents raised concerns across a wide range of areas.
The Prime Minister has been in close contact with the European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, and agreement on a trade deal has not yet been reached. Both sides agreed that it is responsible at this point to go the extra mile and continue negotiations in order to see if an agreement can be reached even at this late stage.
The UK was always due to leave the single market and customs union at the end of the year and so there is no change in this regard. Businesses would always have been required to prepare for this scenario. I would encourage you to visit the following website for the most up to date information on all aspects of leaving the transition period at the end of the month: www.gov.uk/transition.
I want to be clear that the UK will leave the transition period at the end of December with or without a further agreement and I am confident that we will prosper as an independent nation. We will have control over our borders, laws and fisheries and our economic and political independence will be restored.
I am sure you can appreciate that the situation will evolve over the next few days and I can assure you I will be monitoring the situation constantly.
I do appreciate those who took the time to raise their concerns with me.