MP calls for switch to Brexit certainty

A call has been made for the UK to move on from the relentless uncertainty created by the Brexit debate.

It came from Dumfries and Galloway MP Alister Jack in the House of Commons when he spoke in support of a motion backing the Government's approach to EU negotiations.

Mr Jack said: "As a nation, we need the debate to move on. No longer should it be about 'should we stay or should we go.' It is now about 'how do you embrace the opportunities that freedom from the EU will give us?'

"I say to all sides of the leave-remain argument that, for the good of the economy, which is the driver for all we hold dear in terms of public services, please let us move forward."

He urged renewed focus on delivering a successful Brexit for Scotland.

Mr Jack said: "Despite all that we may hear, many organisations in Scotland support the Prime Minister's deal, including the Federation of Small Businesses, Scotch Whisky Association, NFU Scotland and the Scottish Fishermen's Federation.  That is because they, like business, want certainty."

Representing a constituency with the busiest ferry port serving Northern Ireland, the MP emphasised that he would like to see an end date on the backstop proposal for the UK-Republic of Ireland border.

However, he added: "I feel that an end date to the backstop is important, but as a unionist and someone who does not want a second referendum, I could support the Prime Minister's deal."

Thursday night's motion endorsing the Government's negotiating strategy was defeated by 303 votes to 258 after many of the pro-brexit European Research Group, and some pro-remain MPs, decided to abstain.

The vote had no formal legal implications and Downing Street sources later indicated that the Prime Minister had no plans to adjust her Brexit strategy.