CONSERVATIVE candidate Julie Pirone wants to see an end to the Brexit process so that Paisley and Renfrewshire North can get on with realising its global economic potential.

Although she voted to remain in the European Union, Mrs Pirone is eager for a quick resolution to the Brexit muddle.

“I still believe there’s lots of good things about the EU but there are a lot of bad things too,” said Mrs Pirone, who is married to an Italian.

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“The country and the people spoke and, for whatever reasons, they decided to leave – and we should honour that democratic right.”

When asked why she has changed her mind about Brexit since the EU referendum, Mrs Pirone explained she no longer thinks it will have a detrimental impact on the economy and feels the proposed deal eases her initial concerns.

“The deal that’s on the table protects a lot of the things I was worried about,” she said.

“Everyone has voted. There are many times over many years that many people have not liked the result of the deal but we need to get on with it and get it done now.”

Mrs Pirone, a former public relations and communications executive, said she is happy to defend her stance on Brexit, despite fears over its financial impact.

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“I trust the Conservative government to get the best deal possible,” she continued. “If we want to continue to have a strong economy and be a strong country, then we need to get it sorted.”

Paisley and Renfrewshire North voted to remain in the EU at the referendum but Mrs Pirone said she would feel comfortable representing the constituency while backing the UK Government’s Brexit plan.

She also feels Brexit opens up opportunities for the area.

“Paisley and Renfrewshire North has a huge international airport on our doorstep and we should be trying to grow our global economy,” she said.

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