Many people said that the Prime Minister Boris Johnson would not be able to renegotiate a new deal on Brexit in 100 days and in fact said it was a mountain that not even Boris could climb.
We saw yesterday (Thursday 17 October) that he has achieved what many said was unachievable and on top of this he has the backing of the European Union as well.
The European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said: “Where there is a will, there is a way. We have one!
“It’s a fair balanced agreement for the EU and the UK and it is a testament to our commitment to find solutions. I recommend that the European Council endorses this deal.”
Now, I know some people will not be happy about Boris achieving a deal and are looking for either a “people’s vote” or a second referendum.
What I find staggering is that in the UK we have always accepted the results of either a general election or a referendum as we did back in 1975 when Remain won.
So, for the sake of democracy, I would urge us all now to get behind this deal and take the thought of a “no deal” Brexit off the table and allow our businesses and ourselves to get on with our lives with some certainty and confidence.
I do hope that Members of Parliament will put their party politics to one side and vote in support of this deal and deliver on the will of the people which was to leave the European Union and to take back control and lead the way as a United Kingdom to a better, brighter future in the world.
Councillor Steve Bell is the leader of the Conservatives on Brighton and Hove City Council.