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North Somerset MP backs PM's controversial deal during visit to Portbury docks

The MP for North Somerset endorsed the Prime Minister's Brexit deal during a visit to Portbury. Photo: ITV West Country

The MP for North Somerset and International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, backed the Prime Minister's Brexit deal during a visit to Portbury on Friday, 30 November.

The MP denied he had "sold out" fellow Brexiteers, like Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab, by remaining in the Cabinet, saying Theresa May's Brexit plan delivers on the EU exit that he campaigned for.

In a speech endorsing the deal at the Royal Portbury Docks near Bristol, Dr Fox insisted there is a 'world beyond Europe'.

Dr Liam Fox spoke at the Royal Portbury Docks near Bristol. Credit: ITV West Country

Britain is flourishing. What I wanted was to take control of our borders. This will end free movement. I wanted was to take control of our money, this stops our payments to the EU. I wanted was to take control of our laws, which is what we get. We leave the common fisheries policy and common agricultural policy. Sounds enough and a lot like Brexit to me."

– Dr Liam Fox, International Trade Secretary and MP for north Somerset
Representatives from local businesses listened to Dr Fox speak. Credit: ITV West Country

Representatives from local businesses heard Dr Fox speak, including Rob Law. His Bristol-based company, Trunki, makes children's suitcases and also has strong trade ties with France Germany.

He says Theresa May's deal being ratified would give the UK some certainty.

Rob Law, Trunki Credit: ITV West Country

We just have to plan for what's in front of us. If we do leave and this deal is ratified then it gives us a level of certainty that allows us to continue to grow.

– Rob Law, Trunki

Dr Fox said Portbury is one of the places that will benefit if the Prime Minister's deal goes though, with 66% of trade there already coming from countries outside the EU, which is likely to increase with Brexit.

Dr Fox said he refuses to criticise his neighbouring MPs across the South West who aren't backing the deal.

They're [MPs who want Theresa May out] are entitled to have that opinion and I don't criticise them for having different opinions to me. I don't expect it to ever always be to everyone's taste. I think it's a fair and reasonable one.

– Dr Liam Fox, International Trade Secretary and MP for north Somerset