Theresa May’s Brexit deal is the only way to ensure we really leave the European Union, Conservative Julian Knight says.
The only other options were a Norway-style deal, in which the UK has to obey EU rules, or simply cancelling Brexit, he said.
Mr Knight, Conservative MP for Solihull, was speaking after a Commons vote this week which might give MPs control of Brexit if Mrs May’s deal is rejected.
He said it was now clear that the Prime Minister’s proposed withdrawal agreement was the only realistic option.
Mr Knight said: “The reality is that the only way we reach the possibility of a long term free-trade agreement with the EU, and being able to conduct other free trade agreements with other countries, even if it’s just on the service sector side, is the Prime Minister’s deal.
“That’s the only we in which we arrive at that.
“Because otherwise the options now are very simple.
“Knowing the Parliamentary arithmetic, if the Prime Minister’s deal falls then it would be Brexit in name only, which is Norway.
“And that would be very unlikely to be a transitional arrangement. It would be a permanent arrangement.
“And the second possibility would be no Brexit at all."
MPs will vote on whether or not to accept the Government’s proposed EU withdrawal agreement on December 11.
And this week they backed an amendment proposed by Conservative backbencher Dominic Grieve, a critic of Brexit, which might allow them to take control of the process if Mrs May’s proposal is rejected.
It means MPs will be able to say what they think should happen next.
While MPs would not have the legal power to force the Government to change policy, in practice it would probably be impossible for the Government to ignore what they decide.
Many commentators believe this makes a “no-deal” Brexit impossible, because an overwhelming majority of MPs oppose it.
And Mr Knight said he agreed.
“What has happened effectively is it’s a killing-off of ‘no deal’.
“This for me crystallises where we’re at.
“And it means anyone who wants to deliver a Brexit that they think could in the long term benefit the people of this country needs to effectively undertstand that the only means of doing that is what’s on the tablwe from the prime Minister.
“And if they don’t do that then they face Norway or no Brexit.”
Norway is currently a member of the European Economic Area, which means it can trade freely with the EU but has to obey rules imposed by the EU.
Mr Knight said: “They have no say but they still have to obey the rules.”
If the UK was in a similar situation then EU countries would be free to make rules that benefit them but damage the UK economy, said Mr Knight.