Senior Conservative MEP Anthea McIntyre today urged her colleagues in Westminster to back the Prime Minister's Brexit deal for the sake of the country.

The West Midlands MEP, a former vice chairman of the party, said: "Everybody has had the opportunity to say their piece and to paint their own picture of a perfect outcome.

"But no agreement will be perfect for anyone and now is the time back our Prime Minister and do what is best for Britain by supporting her deal."

 She spoke out as Theresa May continued to set out her reasons for supporting the Brussels deal as the best option for future national prosperity.

Miss McIntyre, Conservative spokesman on both employment and agriculture in Brussels, said: "As an MEP I do not get to vote in Westminster - but if I did I would be backing the Prime Minister 100 per cent and encouraging all my colleagues to do the same.

 "The deal she has struck achieves so many key targets. We secure control of our borders, we can set our own fisheries and agriculture policies, and we can negotiate free trade deals outside the EU, while protecting jobs and security.

 "It is the very nature of negotiation that there are comprises and that nobody is satisfied with every single aspect of a deal. So you can wait for perfection but achieve only deadlock... or act now and secure Britain's future.

 "I encourage MPs of all parties, but especially our own, to respect our Prime Minister and to recognise the enormous amount of hard work that has got us this far. That means pursuing pragmatism in place of perfection and backing this deal for Britain's sake."