I am delighted to announce that today the United Kingdom and European Union agreed a Free Trade Deal.
This is a Canada-style tariff-free trading agreement worth over £600 billion with a comprehensive arrangement on security.
From 1 January 2021 the United Kingdom will have full control over its immigration policy, will no longer send money to Brussels, or fall under the jurisdiction of the European Court, delivering on the promise we made to the British people at the 2019 General Election.
However this deal has been signed in a spirit of partnership with the European Union that sets the stage for constructive collaboration for the years ahead.
This constituency narrowly voted to remain (51%). In truth the issue is finely balanced here, and it has weighed heavily with me that there are roughly equal numbers who hold passionate views on either sides of the debate.
I always wanted an outcome that would deliver on the democratic verdict of the British people but do so in a way that would respect those who feel closely tied to our European neighbours and saddened by our pathway. I believe this kind of free trade agreement achieves that.
This issue has been the most divisive of my adult life. This deal offers settlement and I will be doing all I can in Parliament to bridge those divides and make the most of the opportunities that lie ahead.
Now to get stuck into the 2000 pages before Parliament reconvenes next week!
I wish you all a very Happy Christmas.