Lancashire MEP, Sajjad Karim, has welcomed Theresa May as the new Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party.
Sajjad said: “I am delighted that Theresa May is the new Leader of the Conservative Party and our Prime Minister. “Theresa secured the backing of an overwhelming majority of Conservative MPs and Angela Leadsom made the right decision to withdraw from the leadership contest. I am sure she will continue to serve her country in government.
“Theresa has a tremendous record as our Home Secretary. She commands respect in EU capitals and her proven integrity, leadership and determination will be invaluable in the difficult negotiations to secure the very best deal for both Britain and our European partners.
“Theresa will unite the country with her clear vision and I have pledged her my full support in the difficult months ahead.
“Whilst I am still an MEP, undertaking the normal duties I carry out on behalf of the North West and United Kingdom but now with the additional responsibilities of trying to navigate the BREXIT process, I suspect that in coming months I shall be spending more time in Brussels than I ever have done in the past.
“MEPs who have worked constructively on behalf of the United Kingdom in the European Parliament are people with whom both London and Brussels are constructively engaged.
“Those MEPs understand how these institutions work, they know what is involved and they have the credibility and trust.
“Whatever deal is finalised has to be approved by the European Parliament and British MEPs are in the most effective position to ensure that MEPs from our fellow European countries understand our perspective and are willing to take through the final settlement.”