October 17, 2019 5.08 pm This story is over 31 months old

Lincoln MP Karen Lee to reject Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal

The PM has finally struck a deal with the EU but it’s not popular with Lincoln’s MP

Lincoln’s MP has revealed that she will reject Prime Minster Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal and dismissed it as “disastrous.”

After months of negotiations, Boris Johnson stood alongside the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and announced they had both come to a “fair and balanced agreement” on Thursday, October 17.

Boris Johnson has since urged MPs to back the newly agreed deal in a vote at Parliament on Saturday, October 19 – just over a week before the October 31 Brexit deadline.

In essence, the new deal does away with the Irish backstop and will see Northern Ireland remain in a customs union with the UK but any goods heading for the EU would need to pay tariffs.

Karen Lee told The Lincolnite that she will be voting against the deal: “I will not be supporting the deal as it threatens the living standards of my constituents and the security of businesses and the local economy.

“The Prime Minister’s deal is a worse deal than Theresa May’s deal, and it risks a race to the bottom on workers’ rights, environmental standards, food safety and opens up our NHS to a disastrous Trump trade deal.

“With three years of Conservative failure leading to parliamentary deadlock, the only way to get Brexit sorted is to put the decision back to the people.”

The DUP has said that it would not support Boris Johnson’s deal as, if passed, it would come into force without a vote by the Northen Ireland Assembly.

Instead, there would be a vote after four years which would require a simple majority for the customs arrangement to remain in place for another four years.