THE trade agreement reached at the eleventh hour between the UK and European Union has come as a relief for Tenbury MP Harriett Baldwin.

After a series of broken deadlines it was agreed on Christmas Eve.

Mrs Baldwin, whose West Worcestershire constituency includes Tenbury, campaigned to remain in the European Union but after the referendum she said that it was important to respect the result.

She said that the trade agreement will give certainty to businesses in the area and also be welcomed by farmers and producers in Tenbury and the Teme Valley who are dependent upon free trade and being able to sell their produce into the UK’s biggest international market.

“I have always respected the result of the 2016 referendum and have always supported leaving the European Union with a deal,” said Mrs Baldwin. I consistently voted to support the Withdrawal Agreement and I am pleased that there is now an agreed trade and security deal in place.

“I know that this news will be particularly welcome for the local farmers, growers and food producers who rely on tariff-free trading arrangements with the continent and this is also positive news for all the businesses who have contacted me in recent months who trade with specific European countries.

“This has been a long and protracted process, but the aim has always been to deliver on the choice of the British people to leave the EU whilst securing the best possible trading arrangements with our closest neighbours.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the detail on the new arrangements.

“But with a deal in place, I hope we are all able to move forward as a country and build an ambitious plan for strengthening our position on the global stage.”

Mrs Baldwin is amongst MPs asked to break their Christmas and New Year holiday to approve the measure in parliament ahead of the deadline at midnight on Thursday, December 31.