News of an agreement between the EU and UK has been welcomed by Anthea McIntyre, Conservative MEP for the West Midlands.

She said: "These talks have been hard going - but that is the nature of negotiations, especially on something so significant.

"The Prime Minister has persevered and shown the mental toughness to find a way through. I think she has displayed stamina and astuteness - the two qualities you need in talks in Brussels about anything.

"People can be confident in the Theresa May’s promise: 'Whether you voted Leave or Remain, I am determined to deliver an outcome that works in the best interests of everyone across the United Kingdom.'

"Now at last the negotiation can start looking forwards instead of backwards - at the way we work together in future instead of the divorce terms.

"Things won't get any easier, but now we can start talking about building a mutually prosperous future."