‘We will be leaving the European Union and a no-deal scenario means we go off the cliff - it is ugly,’ says MP Jonathan Djanogly

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Jonathan Djanogly - Credit: Archant

Huntingdon MP Jonathan Djanogly has told The Hunts Post the UK will definitely be leaving the European Union despite the political fall-out and multiple resignations of the last few weeks.

During an interview on Friday afternoon, Mr Djanogly, who sits on the Brexit Select Committee, called for fellow MPs to support Theresa May and described a no-deal scenario as “ugly”.

Asked what he thought of the draft deal, he said: “I don’t think it is the best deal or the deal I would like to see, but people have to realise that this is a compromise. A compromise for all those concerned, including the EU. The Prime Minister has spent two years negotiating this and we will be leaving Europe in March next year. We will go out, our money will be separate, our jurisdiction and our courts will be separate, our immigration policy will not be reliant on the EU. We will be making our own way.”

The newspaper caught up with Mr Djanogly during one of his regular constituency days today (Friday) and asked him about the burning issues surrounding Brexit and Theresa May’s draft plan.

Theresa May has said that she truly believes the agreement is the best deal for Britain even though cabinet ministers and junior ministers have resigned during the tense negotiating process.

Among them was North West Cambridgeshire MP and Northern Ireland minister, Shailesh Vara, who was the first minister to resign after the terms of the withdrawal agreement were released to the public.

Mr Vara said Theresa May’s deal, which was backed by her cabinet on Wednesday night, left the UK in a “half-way house” and said it failed to deliver on the public’s vote to leave in 2016.

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Asked what he thought about the resignations, Mr Djanogly said: “They are wrong”.

“To have colleagues criticising the deal two days before it even came out, meaning absolutely that they had not even read it, I found to be ridiculous. I hope they will spend this weekend reading the document.”

Mr Djanogly also gave a warning about the dire consequences of a no-deal.

“I know this has been a complicated and frustrating process, but I am living this day in and day out in parliament and I can tell you that we have done a review into a no-deal scenario and we go off the cliff - it is a very ugly picture.”