Fiona's statement on the Brexit:
"I thank all constituents who have written to me with their views about the proposed Withdrawal Agreement from the European Union. I have taken careful consideration of them all.
I also respect that the Prime Minister has shown admirable determination and resilience, particularly in recent weeks.
I have studied the proposed Agreement and accompanying Political Declaration in detail.
I have listened to many hours of Parliamentary debate.
This Agreement will not settle anything; it is full of uncertainties. It would leave the UK “half-in and half-out” of the EU, subject to all manner of rules and regulations but without the ability to influence them, for an indeterminate period of time and at unquantified expense. The different treatment of Northern Ireland potentially splits the Union of the United Kingdom.
No wonder, therefore, that this satisfies neither many of those who voted leave nor who voted remain! Of the hundreds of letters, emails, and calls I have received from constituents on this issue, no less than 78% have urged me not to support it, for a variety of reasons.
I therefore voted against it in the House of Commons recently, in the hope that the Government can return to Parliament with an Agreement which more fairly reflects the Brexit people voted for.
Above all, Brexit must proceed; we must leave the EU on 29th March this year, to honour the result of the referendum, and I therefore do not support a second referendum nor a deferral of the Article 50 deadline, both of which would delay this matter further, a matter which I recognise people now quite properly want to see resolved."