THE town's MP has said she will not vote for any deal that does not deliver a "proper" Brexit.

Writing on Facebook MP Rachel Maclean released a statement on the Government’s EU negotiating White Paper.

She said: "Dominic Raab, the new Brexit Secretary, gave a statement to the House of Commons today on the Government’s EU negotiating White Paper. While I hear the concerns of many people over this White Paper, and I have some myself, I am clear it sticks to the commitments made in the referendum which is to take back control of our laws, borders and money.

"There is much detail in the White Paper which has sometimes got lost in the heat and light of the debate. People have strongly held views on this issue, but we must come together at this time to deliver the result of the referendum.

"My concern that I have expressed to Ministers is that this represents an opening offer only, but we must not give more away. We have listened to concerns of people on all sides of the debate and this is a reasonable proposition to put to the EU. Now it is up to them to come to the table. We should be prepared to take a strong stance with them and to walk away if necessary because if they know this, we are more likely to get a deal which, let’s not forget, is in their own interests also.

"I will continue to stand up for my constituents who were very clear when they voted to leave because they want to restore full sovereignty to the UK. I will be watching the progress very carefully and making sure that the deal we achieve is a good deal.

"It’s important to remember that this plan is one that the Cabinet has united behind, including many Ministers such as Michael Gove who are committed and principled Brexiteers. New Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab is a lifelong Brexiteer, and a man of great integrity. I am prepared to back them to stick to their promises to deliver what the British people and the people of Redditch voted for."

Mrs Maclean added: "I will not vote for any deal that does not deliver Brexit, meaning a proper Brexit, with control over our laws, borders and money, no further ceding of sovereignty to the unelected EU, and end to unlimited freedom of movement.

"At the same time, we must retain good business and trading relations with our European friends and neighbours and sensible practical travel arrangements for all of us between EU countries for work, study, tourism and culture."