Scilly's MP voted in favour of May's deal
The Isles of Scilly's MP Derek Thomas voted in favour of the Prime Minister's deal in last night’s crucial Meaningful vote.
Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement was soundly defeated by a margin of 149, with 242 MPs in favour and 391 against. Derek, who is the MP for Scilly’s constituency St Ives, explained before the vote that his priority is to leave the European Union on March 29th.
He wrote on his website: "Tonight I will be voting for Theresa May’s deal. This follows announcements last night and today about legally binding changes to the Northern Irish backstop.
"The legal advice taken in its entirety confirms for me that the ‘Joint Legally Binding Instrument’ on the Withdrawal Agreement and the protocol on Northern Ireland goes far enough to address the indefinite nature of what is known as the backstop.
"A timeline has been agreed between the UK and the EU to work up the alternative arrangements that will be needed to ensure an open border between Northern Ireland and Ireland at the end of the transition period (01/01/2020).
"The priority for me is to ensure we leave the EU on 29th March, which most MPs voted for when voting to trigger Article 50. I also want to see an end to the uncertainty that is beginning to have a worrying impact on people and their business up and down the country.
"We need to leave in the 29th March and work in earnest to secure a new future relationship with our closest neighbours and trading partners. We also need to work hard to restore trust in our democracy and in the function of Government."
Derek will be on the islands next Friday (March 22nd) as part of Scilly Business Week.