REDDITCH MP Rachel Maclean has welcomed the Prime Minister’s new Brexit deal and said it is "a fair and reasonable offer to the EU".

The MP said that the UK has compromised, and it’s now over to the EU to do the same and accept the offer on the table.

She said if they do not then we will leave without a deal, but this will be down to the EU’s intransigence, not the British Government.

“This new offer respects and protects the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement, there will be no checks at or near the Northern Ireland border, it protects the integrity of the EU’s Single Market, and most importantly it ensures we will leave the EU as one United Kingdom," said Mrs Maclean.

“If the EU agree to it, then I’m hopeful this deal will get through the House of Commons. The DUP are already onboard, Members on my side of the House who didn’t vote for the previous deal, and a number of Labour MPs have come forward to say they would vote for the deal."

The MP added: “This deal respects the outcome of the biggest exercise in democracy seen in our country.

"We will be leaving the Single Market and the Customs Union, ending Freedom of Movement, ending the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in the UK, and we will be able to forge our own independent trade policy by signing ambitious trade deals with allies and emerging economies around the world.

“This deal also protects the rights of EU citizens living in the UK and the rights of Britons living in EU countries.

“It’s incumbent on us all now to vote for this deal so that we can get Brexit done and keep our promises to our constituents. We promised them we would leave on October 31st and the Prime Minister’s deal keeps this promise.

“Three years after 62 per cent of voters in Redditch voted to leave the EU, it’s now time we get Brexit done so we can move forward and focus on a bold domestic agenda for our great country.”

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson is expected to defend his Brexit proposals to MPs as he appeals to EU leaders to back his new blueprint.

The Prime Minister will give a statement to the House of Commons today, a Downing Street source indicated, and then face a grilling from critics.

The statement will come after he updates his Cabinet at Number 10 on his proposals and before calls to EU leaders.

Mr Johnson has said he wants to get a deal in place for the EU summit on October 17 so the UK can leave with an agreement at the end of the month.

But so far European leaders have reacted coolly to the plan to resolve the issue of the backstop, which the PM set out in a letter to European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday.

Mr Johnson has already spoken to Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Mr Juncker, while more talks are expected in the coming days.

The PM has sold his plan to keep Northern Ireland tied to the EU single market rules for trade in goods while leaving the customs union with the rest of the UK as a “fair and reasonable compromise”.