Theresa May gives a statement to the House of Commons after being granted another Brexit extension by the European Union – this time until 31 October 2019. (Subscribe:

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[Applause] with permission Mr Speaker I would like to make a statement on yesterday's European Council but before I do I am sure that the whole house will welcome the news this morning that the Metropolitan Police have arrested Julian Assange arrested for breach of bail after nearly seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy he has also been arrested in relation to an extradition request from the United States authorities this is now a legal matter before the courts my right honorable friend the Home Secretary will make a statement on this later but I would like to thank the Metropolitan Police for carrying out their duties with great professionalism and to welcome the cooperation of the Ecuadorian government in bringing this matter to a resolution mr. speaker this goes to show that in the United Kingdom no one is above the law turning to counsel my priority is to deliver for exit and to do so in an orderly way that does not disrupt people's lives so I continue to believe we need to leave the European Union with a deal as soon as possible and of course this house has voted repeatedly to avoid a No Deal yet despite the efforts of members on all sides we have not so far been able to vote for a deal so ahead of the council I wrote to president tusk to seek a short extension to the article 50 period to the 30th of June critically I also requested that any extension should be terminable so that whenever this house agrees a deal and ratifies the withdrawal agreement we can get on and leave and I did this not merely to avoid a further delay beyond ratification of the withdrawal agreement but specifically to retain our ability to leave the EU without having to hold European parliamentary elections on the 23rd of May mr. speaker the discussions at the council were difficult and unsurprisingly many of our European partners share the deep frustration that I know so many of us feel in this house over the current impasse there was a range of views about the length of an extension with a large number of member states preferring a longer extension to the end of this year or even into the next in the end what was agreed by the UK and the eu-27 was a compromise an extension lasting until the end of October the council also agreed that we would update on our progress at the next meeting in June critically as I requested the council agreed that this extension could be terminated when the withdrawal agreement has been ratified so for example if we were to pass a deal by the 20 and of may we would not have to take part in European elections and when the EU has also ratified we will be able to leave at 11:00 p.m. on the 31st of May in short the date of our departure from the EU and our participation in the European parliamentary elections remains a decision for this house as president tusk said last night during this time the course of action will be entirely in the UK's hands in agreeing this extension there was some discussion in the council about whether stringent require the conditions should be imposed on the UK for its EU membership during this period but I argued against this I put the case that there is only a single tier of EU membership with no conditionality attached beyond existing treaty obligations the council conclusions are clear that during the course of the extension the UK will continue to hold full membership rights in turn I assured my fellow leaders that the UK will continue to be banned by all our ongoing obligations as a Member State including the duty of sincere cooperation the United Kingdom plays a responsible and constructive role on the world stage and we always will that is the kind of country we are the choices we face the choices we face our stock and the timetable is clear I believe we must now press on at Pace with our efforts to reach a consensus on a deal that is in the national interest I welcome the discussions that have taken place with the opposition in recent days and the further talks which are resuming today this is not the normal way of British politics and it is uncomfortable for many in both the government and opposition parties reaching an agreement will not be easy because to be successful it will require both sides to make compromises but however challenging but however challenging it may be politically i profoundly believe that in this unique situation where the house is deadlocked it is incumbent on both front benches to seek to work together to deliver what the British people voted for and I think that the British people expect their politicians to do just that when the national interest demands it I hope that we can reach an agreement on a single unified approach that we can put to the house for approval but if we cannot do so soon then we will seek to agree a small number of options for the future relationship that we will put to the house in a series of votes to determine which course to pursue and as I have made clear before the government stands ready to abide by the decision of the house but to make this process work the opposition would need to agree to this – with the houses consent we could also bring forward the withdrawal agreement bill which is a necessary element of any deal which ever course we take this bill will take time to pass through both houses so if we want to get on with leaving we need to start this process soon and it could also provide a useful forum to resolve some of the outstanding issues in the future relationship crucially mr. speaker any agreement on the future relationship may involve a number of additions and clarifications to the political declaration so I'm pleased that at this council all 27 member states responded to my update on the ongoing cross-party talks by agreeing that the European Council is prepared to reconsider the political declaration on the future relationship in accordance with the positions and prints all stated in its guidelines and statements the council also reiterated that the withdrawal agreement itself could not be reopened Mr Speaker I know the whole country is intensely frustrated that this process to leave the European Union has not still been completed I never wanted to seek this extension and I deeply regret that we have not yet been able to secure agreement in this house for a deal that would allow us to leave in a smooth and orderly way I know too that this whole debate is putting members on all sides of the house under immense pressure and causing uncertainty across the country and we need to resolve this so let's use the opportunity of the recess to reflect on the decisions that will have to be made swiftly on our return after Easter and let us then resolve to find a way through this and pass so that we can leave the European Union with the deal as soon as possible so that we can avoid having to hold those European parliamentary elections and above all so that we can fulfill the democratic decision of the referendum deliver brexit and move our country forward this is our national duty as elected members of this house and nothing today is more pressing or more vital and I commend this statement to the house Thank You mr. speaker I would like to thank the Prime Minister for an advanced copy of her statement mr. speaker yesterday EU leaders agreed to grant the United Kingdom an article 50 extension to the 31st of October this means that Britain will now have to start the process of holding European elections in the extraordinary situation of not knowing whether the new MPs will take this MEP s rather will take their seats or for how long this has come just three weeks after the prime minister told the house she was not prepared to delay brexit any longer than the 30th of June the second extension in the space of a fortnight represents not only a diplomatic failure but it's another milestone in the government's mishandling of the entire brexit process a measure of this could be seen in this house on Monday when one third of her party voted against her own policy to request a short delay and four of her cabinet members abstained and can the Prime Minister also confirm that the requests by the leader of the House on Tuesday for the EU to reopen the withdrawal agreement has also been rebuffed the Prime Minister stuck rigidly to a flawed plan and now the clock has run down leaving Britain in limbo and adding to the deep uncertainty of business workers and people all across this country Mr Speaker I welcome that the Prime Minister finally decided to reach out to the opposition last week and open talks to try and find a breakthrough the fact that the invitation didn't even come at the 11th hour but at five past midnight three days after the prime minister had missed her own brexit deadline of the 29th of March is a reflection of the government's fundamental error in not proceeding by consensus however Mr Speaker I can report the house the talks now taking place between the opposition the government are serious detailed and ongoing and I welcome the constructive engagement that we've had although this view may not be universally by many on the conservative benches I also welcome the indications from the government they may be willing to move in the key areas that have prevented the Prime Minister's deal from being supported on this side of the house if these talks are to be a success resulting in an agreement to bring our country back together the government will have to compromise that is why it is with disappointments that I read the Secretary of State for international trades letter this week in what seemed to be an attempt to scupper meaningful talks by all but ruling out Labour's customs union proposals a proposal I might add which is supported by business and industry bodies bodies as well as by all leading trade unions in this country it is a proposal that European Union leaders and the Irish t-shirt just yesterday have said is both credible and negotiable labor will continue to engage constructively in talks because we respect the results of referendum and we are committed to defending jobs industry and living standards by delivering a close economic relationship with the European Union and securing frictionless trade with improved rights and standards if that is not possible we believe all options should remain on the table including the option of a public vote and Mr Speaker we see no advantage no advantage in the proposals of the Secretary of State for international trade to create distance and divergence in our trading relationship with our largest trading partner this house must also bear in mind that after a deal has passed the current prime minister said she will step down we have no idea who may succeed her so with that in mind with that in mind we have to entrench any agreement because some of those already throwing their hats into the ring have said they would scrap the Human Rights Act they would rip up bird and regulation or would even prefer to leave without any deal at all some on the conservative benches want nothing more than to use brexit to create a race to the bottom opening up our economy to us big pharma companies in our National Health Service poor moan treated beef on our plates slash workers rights and consumer standards and to have the UK become a virtual tax haven on the shores of Europe let me be clear to the Prime Minister and the country labour will not support any deal that would leave us open to such a dystopian vision for the future of this country it is incumbent on all of us now to find a way forward we must continue to talk to each other and if the government is serious the red lines must move and we must see a real compromise I look forward to the discussions in the coming days and even at this late stage to work to find a deal that can command not only support of this house but perhaps more importantly the support of the public across this country – Thank You mr. speaker and can I say to the leader of the Opposition that the talks between the government and the opposition have indeed been serious they are detailed and they are being taken forward in a constructive and positive fashion we did of course offer talks at an earlier stage than very recently but I'm pleased that we are now able to sit down in this in this way he raised the issue about the European parliamentary elections of course had had members in this house voted with the majority to agree the withdrawal agreement on the 29th of March we would have guaranteed leaving on the 22nd of May and not holding the [Applause] at the time obviously the right honorable gentleman didn't feel able to support a deal to enable us not to hold those European parliamentary elections it is stills possible to do so and we will continue to work on that he asked talked about the need for us to protect jobs industry and living standards and indeed that is what we have been aiming to do with the deal that we agreed with the European Union but not just in relation to the deal with the European Union actually it is this government that is presided over record levels of people in employment it is this job it is this government that has seen people slip helping people their living standards with tax cuts for 32 million 32 million people he talked about the future relationship and the need for us to the need to entrench aspects of the future relationship of course the government did on the 29th of March say that we would accept the amendment that was put down on the order paper by the Honourable member for stoke-on-trent central which would require Parliament to have that role in looking at the future relationship in the negotiating objectives for the future and what that clearly makes the case is that any government any government as it's going through those negotiations will of course have to ensure that they are taking Parliament with them in agreeing that that future relationship and on the on the issue of coming together in an agreement that the point is very simple I'm not prepared just to accept Labour's policies the Labour Party isn't prepared just to accept our policies as the as the Honorable gentleman the member for Hoban and some Pancras has said this takes compromise on both sides and that's what we're doing sitting down seriously to find a way that enables this house to ensure that there is a deal that commands a majority so we can leave the European Union fulfil the vote of the British people in 2016 in the referendum and do so in a way that does indeed protect jobs and living standards and Industry mr. Kenneth Clark May is my right honourable friend the Prime Minister to stick to her commitment to lead the country through to the conclusion of the brexit process and to ignore some of the vicious attacks being made upon her by her more extreme right-wing colleagues can I also ask her given that she rightly points out in the national interest that the next obvious step is to reach at a settlement between the government and the principal opposition party on the best way forward can she indicate that it is clear that the minimum that requires is some sort of customs arrangement and sufficient regulatory alignment at least to keep our trade as open and free as it has been across the channel and in the Republic of Ireland and can she negotiated so it does actually bind any successor government in future my friend is right that of course as we look to that future relationship we are looking at the customs arrangement that would be in place in that future relationship we have already indicated as is reflected in fact in the political declaration that we want to retain the benefits of a customs union of no tariffs no quotas no rules of origin checks and that is provided for in the in the political tech stands of course what we do see is is we haven't been able to enshrine that in legal text because it's not possible for the European Union to negotiate that treaty with us until we're a third country until we're out of the European Union so any commitments that are made here will be about the negotiating objectives that we take through into that into that process but there will still be negotiations to be had with the European Union but in terms of adding to and clarifying what is in that political declaration and the position of the UK government obviously as I've indicated the EU Council have said that they would be willing to look at additions and clarifications to that political declaration the in Blackbird mr. speaker and can I thank the Prime Minister for advanced SATA for a statement mr. speaker what I totally asked for the past few weeks months and years have been under this shambolic Tory government the UQ did not leave the EU in Marche and thankfully given the efforts of SNP politicians and others in this place and the goodwill of the UNEP in Union we will not crash out of the EU on Friday but it's the European Union that's got the UK out of this mess let that be a lesson for members in this please it is the EU that has put the interest of our citizens in the UK for our businesses our farmers we should be thanking them with the European Union agreeing to a further extension to article 50 the Prime Minister must use this time to hold a second EU referendum with the option of the meaning it is very very real possibility that we can remain in the European Union mr. speaker there were a total of 133 days between the 1997 general election yes and the gem and the devolution referendum in Scotland as of today there are 204 days until the new breaks of deadline and the 31st of October so while the Prime Minister no remove the ridiculous excuse there isn't enough time to hold the second referendum with remain on the ballot people Scotland did not vote for brexit and should not be forced to accept any brexit deal that will harm our interest the only reform it is to put the decisions back to the people Scotland will not support the brexit deal cooked up by the brakes at supporting labour and Tory parties so mr. speaker let me ask this Prime Minister yesterday you ducked and died my questioning so simple yes or no will suffice has your government offered a second EU referendum and talks with the Labour Party yes or no first the Labour Party requested a second EU referendum in the talks yes it's believed a party causing up to the Tories asking to end freedom of movement as a price for their support for a Tony deal yes stop it morning the people of Scotland open up meaningful discussions with the devolved governments and with civic society start leading by listening Prime Minister and please get her head out of the sand the right honourable gentleman the government is not offered a second referendum the an opposition I said to him yesterday and pmq our position on that issue had not changed a second referendum has been rejected twice by this house but of course as legislation as legit when legislation goes through once we've agreed a deal and legislation is going through for the bill that puts that in place I'm sure we'll be members of this house because there are members who do support a second referendum who will want to press their case during that during that legislation going through I believe I continue to believe it's not an excuse there isn't an issue of excuse about timing I believe that it's important for us to deliver on the first referendum that took place in 2016 on the result of that of that and can I just say to the right honourable gentleman if he's so if he's so interested in referenda the question is will he now abide by the result of the 2014 Scottish Reverend yes or no sir William cash Thank You mr. speaker that does my does my does my right honorable friend the Prime Minister appreciate the anger that our abject surrender last night has generated across the country having broken a hundreds of times promises a hundred times not to extend the time she knows that I'm saying and she's that she's done that does she also accept that this withdrawal agreement undermines our democracy the constitutional stasis of Northern Ireland our right to govern ourselves control over our laws and undermines our national interest which she resigned that [Applause] can I can I say to my honourable friend first of all I do not I do not recognize the description of the withdrawal agreement before this house I believe we have negotiated a good deal for the United Kingdom he he references the fact that I have he's absolutely right on many many occasions in this house and he and other members of my honourable friends have been keeping count I had said that I wanted us to leave the European Union on the 29th of March and indeed I did I voted I wanted us to set in train that guaranteed leaving on the 22nd of May I voted to leave on the 22nd of May sadly not sufficient number of members across this house voted to leave the European Union on those dates and hence the extension has been requested to enable us to come to a position where this house can agree a majority of on a majority on a deal that we can then deliver on leaving the European Union Mr Speaker can I thank the Prime Minister for putting the national interest above her party's interest in rejecting No Deal applying for and agreeing to an extension to article 50 we may now have more time but our businesses face more uncertainty so may I encourage her during the Easter recess to take her own advice and to reflect on the decisions that need to be made and decide to put her deal to the British people so that they can decide whether they still wish to leave now we know the actual choices that grexit involves or remains so we can finally bring this crisis facing our country to a conclusion I so choose the right under gentleness I indicated to the leader of the SNP I have neither I nor the government have changed are a view on the need for this house for this Parliament to deliver on the result of the first referendum but can I also say to the right honourable gentleman as I said in my statement I think it is for all of us across this house to recognize the decisions that now face us it is for this house to determine whether we are going to deliver brexit for the British people we have that opportunity we can work together to find an agreement that will command a majority of this house and if we do that in time we can leave the European Union without holding the European parliamentary elections Dame caroline Spellman mr. speaker in my region already there are car factories that are in a force shut down because of the brexit uncertainty so could I thank the Prime Minister for helping us avoid a No Deal crasher and through the 27 heads of state who supported that decision could she elaborate a bit more on her words about creating a forum to establish our future relationship with Europe I thank my right honourable friend for her question I think she's referring to references that I had made previously about the importance as we're looking at that negotiation on a future relationship for making sure not only that Parliament has a greater role in that process but also that we take wider have wider consultations with civil society with businesses with trade unions and it is the exact format of that forum that's not yet been determined but I think that will be an important element of the next stage of the process to ensure that all voices are being heard and can contribute to the debate on that future relationship vincent cable mr. zaidain acknowledged notwithstanding her own personal objections the house could choose to attach a referendum amendments of the withdrawal build barring unbind the constitutional advice that we shared in cross party talks a few weeks ago which she now asked care officials to prepare eight table completed before the end of October in which such a hypothetical pole could be conducted it for house wills can I say to the Honorable gentleman he's aware of the government's position on the issue that he has raised as I said there are those in the house who may wish to press their case on this matter when the legislation is going through and but as I would also gently remind him the house has already rejected that proposal of a second referendum twice will the prime minister take the opportunity again to remind the house but when the leader of the opposition said that he was only invited to talks at five past twelve he actually refused talks some time ago and that would've meant that we could have moved this process on a lot Africa is it not the case but whatever whatever we say the simple fact is that the European Commission have said the only deal that's available to us is the one that the Prime Minister is recommending to the house last point and the and the question of the withdrawal agreement and it not being available to be reopened was made clear reiterated again by the European Council by the EU Council in its decision of yesterday it is the case that it is some weeks ago that I first offered the leader of the Opposition the opportunity to talk and we had an initial meeting there were then not the same level of follow-up meetings and the same level of interest I'm what I'm pleased about is I think there is a a change in the approach that is being taken we are both sitting down seriously looking at these issues in detail and looking at them constructively speaker up until yesterday the EU was saying very very clearly that it wouldn't grant an extension unless there was a credible plan at an election a referendum or the prospect of getting a restore agreements through soon it wouldn't grant an extension and if it did it would be stringent conditions and in fact neither of those things were held to by the European Union because when they were faced with the unpalatable choice of a new deal they backed down will the Prime Minister learn the lesson of that she continues to reiterate what the EU of satellite a patrol oriented praise her withdrawal agreement she and the rest of the front bench voted for changes to the backstop and to the withdrawal agreement and the Attorney General in his devastating critique of it said that it hadn't changed the fundamentals of what was agreed so can the Prime Minister please examine where she's going with all of this learn the lessons and come back with something that can actually get a majority in this house and what she also just on the issue of extensions bear in mind that the current session of Parliament is due to end I understand fairly soon there is some talk around of extending this session beyond two years and can I say mr. speaker on that point but I think many in this house including in this bench could regard that as something that is not acceptable but can I say to the right honourable gentleman we have consistently sought to changed withdrawal agreement in particular to change the backstop he will know full well that we have argued on many occasions for a time limit or a unilateral exit clause all the replacement by alternative arrangements before the withdrawal agreement was originally agreed in November the government public pushed consistently for next signals from the backstop but the EU did not agree to it then after the first meaningful vote we raised the issues again and we sought to change the withdrawal agreement and pushed for it to be place replaced by alternative arrangements on the 11th of March we had an exchange of letters between myself and the presidents of the Commission and the EU Council in January on the 11th of March in Strasbourg the president of the European Commission I agreed a package which means that the EU cannot try to strap the UK in the backstop indefinitely it's explicitly a breach of the legally binding commitments we have agreed if they do so and there's a legal commitment that both parties aim to replace the backstop with alternative arrangements by December 2020 but the the changes at every stage we have been working to get changes to the withdrawal agreement the European Union has now has been clear now yeah no well the right honourable gentleman says that they have that they have backed down yes I did I did put the case yesterday in relation to conditionality that he refers to in relation to conditionality and there was discussion around the table about that issue of conditionality and the and the aspect that I think everybody around the table focused on is that there is only a single tier of membership of the European Union there is only legally there is only a single tier of membership of the European Union and they rejected the concept of conditionality on that basis Sorolla he'll the Prime Minister will recall that in the conservative manifesto there was a commitment to do negotiate a comprehensive free trade and customs agreement would she agree with me that her political declaration that has been agreed and her discussions with the Labour Party are being conducted in that spirit and will she keep going and try to keep to the timetable that avoids the European elections because many of us feel it's time to get this done you we are indeed conducting those negotiations in that in the spirit that he has set out and I do indeed want to achieve the timetable this he set set I think many of us across this house believe that it is important to do all we can to lead to setting train to ensure that we can leave the European Union before the European parliamentary elections Evette cooper we're in this difficult situation because the government's approach hasn't worked and simply going around in the same circles or doing the same things isn't going to solve this either so it'd be helpful to understand how far the Prime Minister is actually prepared to reconsider her red lines could she tell the house whether she is now willing to consider a common external tariff with the EU a key part of any customs union or does she still rule a common external tariff out can I say to the right honourable lady she says obviously the house is rejected the government's plan the house is also rejected the opposition's plan the house is rejected No Deal the house is rejected revocation the house is rejected second a second referendum so this house at some stage needs to come to an agreement on what it can agree on to take this issue forward I continue and when people talk about the custom yes I'm aware of the question that the right honourable gentleman a right honorable lady on a customs union I think there is actually more agreement in relation to a customs union that is often given credit for when the language different language is used we've been very clear we've been very clear that we we've been very clear that we want to obtain the benefits of a customs union no tariffs no rules of origin checks and and no quotas while being able to operate our own independent trade policy that has been we've been very clear about this the Labour Party said they want to say in trade policy the question is how we ensure that we can provide for this country to be in charge of its trade policy in the future John Baron the fact remains that we would have left the EU or by now on by on WTO terms if the Prime Minister had not extended deadlines the investment decisions are underpinning our strong economic performance in recent years have been taken in the full knowledge that we could be leaving on WTO terms will the Prime Minister therefore show more confidence and commit to this house that if this Parliament does not pass a deal we will be leaving on WTO terms terms by which we profitably trade with many countries outside the EU I say to to my honourable friend that I know and he has continued to champion the concept of leaving without a deal with the European Union I believe it is important for this country that were able to leave in an orderly way he references WTO terms of course which we trade with many countries across the world not on WTO terms but on the terms that are determined by the EU trade agreements with those with those countries what I but actually leaving without a deal is not just about our trade arrangements it is about other issues it is about our security as a country as well there are other matters that a deal will cover I will continue to believe that leaving with the deal in an ordinary way is in the best interest of his country and that's what I'm pursuing in the midst of these inevitably contentious exchanges can I ask the house to join me in warmly welcoming in the gallery today former Speaker of the New Zealand Parliament David Carter accompanied by Deputy Speaker of the Parliament the Honorable Anne Tolley MP it's a great delight to welcome you both you come from a country that we regard as a great friend and David you've been a great friend to us and to me welcome koe mr. speaker does the Prime Minister not take any responsibility for the fact that she a conservative unionist Prime Minister signed up to this backstop originally without ensuring herself that she would get support in Parliament for it now we're in a situation where the only part the only book that went through this with a big majority was the Brady Amendment has she really done her best to ensure that we can not get the backstop removed it must be removed before this house will ever support her withdrawal agreement I say to the right honourable lady as I as I indicated earlier we have at every stage taken this issue of the backstop we have been arguing with thee with the European Union in relation to this issue we did take the Brady amendment as a result of the decision that was taken by this house we took that issue in back into the European Union the changes that we saw in Strasbourg the legally binding changes that were obtained in that Strasbourg Agreement in Strasbourg Ettore myself from the President of the European Commission were a direct result of reflecting the views of this house this government has been clear that not only is there an accelerated timetable to determine alternative arrangements that can replace the backstop we have actually had committed to putting money into the work that will ensure that we have those alternative arrangements to replace the backstop the right honourable lady knows my view is that the backstop should never be used it need never be used and we need to ensure that we have the relationship in the future that's why the future relationship is the important way of a sustainable sustainably ensuring that we're meeting all our obligations including those in relation to a border between Northern Ireland and Ireland Steve Baker mr. speaker of course the government continues in office thanks to the support of our confidence and supply partners in the event that the withdrawal agreement is pushed through unamended over the heads of those partners will the Prime Minister be seeking the confidence of the Labour Party – my honourable friend I admire that in this house reaching across the the divide between the government and opposition front benches to attempt to come to an agreement on a matter is not usual practice it is I think probably virtually unprecedented in the conditions in which we're doing it today but I believe I believe it is in the national interest for this house to deliver on the result of the referendum for this house to deliver brexit for the British people and to do so in an orderly way I have now voted three times to leave the European Union with a deal I want to see this house by a majority voting to leave the European Union with a deal and that's the work we're carrying on and that's where we try to find agreement across this house this extension because it provides time for a people's vote and I agree with the words of the right honourable gentleman from Leeds central when he says it's the only way out of the crisis and to end the uncertainty mr. speaker you won't have escaped you that a number of honourable members have heard the words of the Prime Minister when she speaks about compromise but she still is refused or is unable to tell the house what is her compromise what are the red lines that she set down which she now intends to rub out Prime Minister please answer those those questions which of your red lines are you now prepared to rub out writeable lady but the whole point of sitting down and negotiating and trying to agree come to an agreement is that both sides are exploring where that point of agreement may be those are the discussions we're having we're entering into them seriously we're entering into them seriously and we're entering a rub rub out I suggest that the right honourable lady looks at the moves that the government has already made in a number of areas have been requested by members across this house Michel Barnier and Angela Merkel have all said that there will be no hard water even in the event of no deal so can we now put the idea of a Northern Ireland forever backstop out of its misery and work on mitigating an upfront customs union if a customs union is the price of labour support for getting something approximating brexit over the line can I just say to my honourable friend that in fact and I have obviously talked with a number of those that he has quoted in relation to this issue of a border that the European Union has been very clear that the rules of the European Union must be applied at the border in the event that there was no deal that is absolutely clear from the European Union and some of the other comments have been taken out of context in the interpretation that has been being given to them I on this issue of a customs union I've come back to the position I set out earlier we want to see the benefits of a customs union in fact that is in the political declaration of no tariffs no quotas and no rules of origin checks we also want to say and was reflected in the in the political declaration an independent trade policy the Labour Party has a position of the benefits of a customs union with a say in trade policy we are very clear that the benefits of a customs union can be obtained while ensuring that we have the freedom to make those trade deals around the rest of the world that we want to do as an independent country Ben Bradshaw and I also thank the prime minister on behalf of my constituents in Exeter for ensuring that this country does not crash out of the European Union are without a deal tomorrow here in the national interest I thank you for that but does she also not recognize in the national interest but the only way out of this gridlock is to now give this decision back to the people give them a cot confirm a tree vote on her brexit do I think the way out of this gridlock is for this house to identify the deal that it can agree that it can take forward that it can get to that can command a majority of this house because I think it is for this house to deliver on the result of the referendum that took place in 2016 you Mr Speaker clearly the Prime Minister has won the respect of the European Union leaders and that's really important that we have good relations with our near neighbours and allies it's essential for our prosperity and our security so but I urged the prime minister ignore the bullies on our fact benches and stick to your guns and deliver that brexit the bricks that that was in our manifesto so well described by the leader of the house well can I thank my honourable friend for her intervention and can I say that we are aiming to deliver deliver what I believe people in this country voted for which is that brexit that does protect jobs and and livelihoods does protect our security does protect our union but also ensures that we bring an end to free movement that when no longer under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice that we're no longer sending vast sums of money to the European Union every year that is what we are aiming to deliver and that is what I want to see a deal that enables us to do that is what I want to see gaining the majority in this house several Roberts and I am grateful for advance site of the statement 27 leaders decided the UK's fate last night while the Prime Minister waited for their decision outside seven of those leaders represent countries whose populations are smaller than that of Wales yet we're told here in Westminster that Wales is too small too poor to have a seat at the table does the Prime Minister agree that Wales will be best served in the Union that treats its members as equals in this self-harming union of inequality honourable lady that as she knows very well we work with the devolved administration's across the United Kingdom in taking forward in taking forward the issues that are of particular concern to the various parts of the United Kingdom in determining what is the right what is the right way forward we entered the European Union as one United Kingdom and we will leave the European Union as one United Kingdom in 2016 and the two major parties policies in 2017 we have a collective responsibility to deliver the rational responsible practical way forward is to take the withdrawal agreement with the majority through this house and then move on with the best possible customers arrangements will satisfy most people including I believe the rejoice of the people in Northern Ireland can I say to my own friend he is absolutely right I believe it is important for us to deliver on the vote of the referenda but as he's reminded the House of course the two main parties in this chamber both campaigned in the last general election on manifestos precisely to deliver that brexit and that's what we should be looking to do this candle Prime Minister we need to use this extension for a purpose one more heave isn't good enough and it won't work neither will trying to con people that we can have all the benefits of a customs union and still have a completely independent trade policy so can I ask her once again does she acknowledge even if it's not what she wants putting her withdrawal agreement to the public is the way to break this brexit deadlock and get the resolution our country desperately I genuinely believe that the way to break the brexit deadlock is for this house to be able to agree on a deal that it will deliver on the vote of the British people boom Thank You mr. speaker at Prime Minister's Questions on the 20th of March when I asked the Prime Minister why she was exceeding to extend article 50 having promised on 108 times not to do so she said as Prime Minister I could not consider a delay further beyond the 30th of June we now sir have an extension up to the 31st of October Prime Minister how are you going to honor that commitment you gave to the house on the 20th of March can I can I say to my honourable friend this house and I can honor that commitment by voting for a deal the Prime Minister has now applied for and been granted two extensions to the article 50 period and she did this to avoid the consequences of an ordeal brexit consequences which would lead out by the cabinet secretary two weeks ago rising food prices shortages of food stockpiling medicine huge damage to manufacturing and the weakening of our national security yet for two years she topped up this outcome saying no deal is better than a bad deal this irresponsible rhetoric has helped to normalize these consequences in the minds of the public does she regret talking up nor deals and legitimizing an outcome which she knows is bad for the country and by the acceptance of these extensions she is desperate to avoid I I stand by what I have consistently said in relation to no do baten better than a bad deal but we have a good deal I say to the right honourable gentleman I have voted on three occasions in this house for us to leave the European Union with a deal and I think it's all members of this house who wish to deliver on leaving the European Union need to think about how we can come together and find a majority that enables us to do just that I voted to leave with a deal I hope the on right honourable gentleman will want to vote to leave with the deal in the future too neiha Lopez since the first defeat of the deeply flawed patrol agreement the government seems to have focused on how to make all other options worse rather than how to make the agreement better given that this narrow strategy continues to fail and crosspoint talks may not bear fruit what assurances and outline did the prime minister give our new friends on her plan be such that this latest extension becomes one with a purpose my honourable friend is absolutely right and this was a point that was made earlier about the expression that the European Union had given that they would want a purpose for any extension I was clear with them about the approach that we are taking the talks that we are having with the opposition but also as I made clear in my statement last week too that if we are not able to come to an agreement with the opposition such that there would be a proposal that would meet a majority across this house we would move into a into a means of ensuring that this house was able to vote on options and come to a decision as to what it's it's preferred option as to what was able to get a majority across this house and the extension is there to enable us to put that process into place Carolina Lucas speaker has six months delay it's just 74 sitting days to waste it on a Tory leadership contest would be an unforgivable act of self-indulgence and issues that she might for once agree with me about but she's wasted the last two years will she undertake not to waste one day further by supporting the immediate establishment of a House Business Committee so that we might just have a chance of have a process that is in the interests of the country rather than in the interests of the Tory party with more votes being pulled at the last minute and more game play I say to the the honorable lady no I think that the arrangements that we have in relation to obviously arrangements in relation to business of this house have been changing in in recent days through decisions that have been taken by this by this house but I do not believe that the establishment of House Business Committee is the right way forward Marc Francois Thank You mr. speaker mr. speaker the Prime Minister's first extension was based on the fact that we would ratify the withdrawal agreement and in what was effectively envy free we turned it down again and now she's been given another extension longer than she asked for yet again on the basis that we will somehow ratify the withdrawal agreement perseverance is a virtue but sheer obstinacy is not so Prime Minister [Applause] Prime Minister ethos I suspect the leader of the Opposition strings you along in these talks and then finds a pretext to collapse them and then froze in a confidence motion what would you do then I would continue to argue for the conservative party remaining in government a party that has led to a situation in this country where we see record levels of employment 32 a modern industrial strategy 1.9 million more to have been good on outstanding schools we're delivering for people and that's why this party should remain in government even dowdy its extension I welcome the ruling out of a catastrophic No Deal and I welcome the fact that there are talks going on between our two parties because I think it is important that we try and find consensus and attempt to break the deadlock but can I warn the Prime Minister that attempting to decouple the issue of a deal from the issue of whether that goes back to the people for their confirmation will not be acceptable to many many people on these benches and indeed an increasing number on their own and will she recognized the only way to break the deadlock will be a confirmation vote and putting this issue back to the people the answers I gave earlier in response to similar questions about this question of a second a second referendum I do genuinely believe we gave a boat to the British people in 2016 I do genuinely believe we should be live delivering on that I think actually there is a view across this house that we should be delivering on brexit the question is finding an agreement across this house that enables us to do that to get the legislation through and leave the EU to come together across this house and support a deal and the timely fashion after Easter there would be every reason that with little people that we would not need to hold the European elections only friend is Right obviously it's a very tight timetable but if we were able to have an agreement that commanded a majority across this house and obviously we have to get the legislation through but I believe my ambition and aim would still be to be able to do that such that we do not need to hold the European parliamentary elections mr. speaker whenever the Prime Minister's asked about a second referendum she's keen to remind us that that's been defeated twice on this house but of course her withdrawal agreement has been defeated three times in this house and on on the second outing for a second referendum in this house they've got 280 votes which is considerably better than her withdrawal agreement got on its second outing in this and in fact of support for a second referendum grew at the same rates as support for her withdrawal agreement it would win out rights if it bought a third vote so in the number of options that she intends to put to this house if she can't get an agreement with her majesty's opposition in recognition of that democratic fact will she include a second referendum the Honorable lady that she is again also actually talking about process here in relation to a second referendum what this house needs to agree is the basis on which we can leave the European Union and that is this it is the substance of that that is the nature of the discussions that we are having with the opposition but more importantly many exporting businesses and farmers will welcome the fact that they are no longer facing tariffs that would threaten their survival which would have happened if we trashed that with No Deal tomorrow night so to that extent the council conclusions are very welcome but can my right or my friend the Prime Minister agree with me that contrary to many of the voices from opposition benches a second referendum wouldn't be the end of the process it will be the start of the process and in the current climate it will be much more likely to lead to greater division in this country rather than the healing that we desperately need when I say to my right honourable friend I think he is absolutely right I am I am concerned that a second referendum would increase division in our society increased division across this country just at the time when we do need to be bringing people together we can bring people together by agreeing the way in which we can leave the European Union getting on with it and delivering for people on their vote leader Kyle you mr.speaker following on from the rational member ash woods question it seems that our body politic is increasingly fearful of the electorate we are held hostage to the 2016 referendum and other public ballots and isn't it true that the tone and conduct of us as politicians and her as a leader of our country is increasingly important and as a port as important as the policies themselves is now not the time that we sit back and we reflect and we start to investigate how we can use public ballots to bring people together as a country not run away scared of public ballots and how we can understand how we can actually lead through elections with rigor and focus on fact rather than division itself I recognized the the passion and seriousness with which the Honourable gentleman has campaigned and championed the concept of a second referendum in this house and elsewhere I would say to him nobody is running scared of the electorate we did we gave the electorate the opportunity we gave the electorate the opportunity to determine the fate of this country in relation to its membership of the European Union and they made and they made a decision on that they made a decision that we should leave the European Union so I think that in fact it there will be many people if we were to go back to the to the people in the second referendum there would be many people who would fear that that was actually a sign of bad faith in relation to their politicians and I think could damage our democracy Jed Harrington speaker I'd like to thank my right honourable friend the Prime Minister for all of her efforts that have taken place to remove the nonce have no deal from this agenda in her statement she mentioned that if the talks of Paul which I certainly hope is not the case that she'll put to the house a series of votes to determine which cause to pursue could she confirm to me that they will be a voting system of preference which allows the house to finally decide on one solution to this problem what I have said and what is the intention of the government is that if the talks with the opposition failed to find a point of agreement between us that we believe will get a majority across this house we would work with the opposition to identify options and votes that will be put to this house to find a way of determining a single result there are a number of ways in which it is possible to do that I think what would be important would be ensuring that whatever system was shown were we in that position whatever voting system was chosen was genuinely going to come to a proper reflection of the views of this house Stephen Kinnock mr. speaker the Prime Minister knows that full membership of the single market is the only way we can guarantee workers rights guarantee the integrity of the union do something for the services sector which is 80 percent of the economy a standalone customs union it simply doesn't cut it so in these options that will be presented to him to us if the talks don't work can she guarantee that full membership of the single market through the European Economic Area will be an option that will be on offer amongst those options can I say honourable gentlemen I don't recognize the picture that he has painted in relation to these matters it is not the case that full membership of the single market is the only way to achieve the benefits that he has referred to it's particularly important as we leave the European Union that we have a care for our services sector he's right given the significant extent to which that plays a role in our economy but actually that flexibility and the and maintaining and recognizing the importance of the City of London particularly in financial services and the risk that is born here in the United Kingdom leads us to want to see that greater flexibility in relation to services and um right and I say to him it is not the case that the only way to ensure that we maintain and enhance workers rights in the United Kingdom is full through full membership of the single market this is a government that is enhancing workers rights it's doing that because we believe that's what's right here in the United Kingdom and the Senators so what my rideable friends agree with me that there are actually many other very important issues facing the European Union including for the moment the United Kingdom particularly in respect of the European Union's crucial relationship with China and will she confirm that given the extension granted by our European partners that she will direct Britain's negotiators to use this extra valuable time creatively in relation to trade with China which inevitably when we have left the European Union will be much harder to negotiate I say to my friend he is absolutely right of course that there are a number of other issues facing the European Union including its relationship with China he will be aware of the benefits that we already have as a United Kingdom from investment from China and the interaction of trade that we have with China and we will of course want to enhance that for the future as a member of the European Union during this extension we will continue to participate and continue to operate with that duty of sincere cooperation and fulfill all our rights and obligations speaker the Prime Minister has wasted most of the last two years in the NGO ciosing brexit with their own divided party when what she actually needs to do is rub out her red lines to bring this house in our country together the problem is she always puts her party before country so will she now commit will she now commit – stopping flogging her dead horse of a deal face down the hardliners in her own party and give serious consideration to a people's vote which her own Chancellor has said is a perfectly credible proposition fir the Honourable gentleman's the answer I gave earlier [Applause] would my right honourable friend agree with me as a former business minister that the businesses of this country on whom we all rely deserve better than this ongoing crisis in chaos and need the certainty that could be delivered if every member of this house respected the referendum and in their constituency a vote to leave and voted for it and could she tell me what to tell voters on the doorsteps on May the second when my hard-working local councillors risk being thrown out after four years of really good work on our behalf is something they are not responsible for here well like my honourable friend is absolutely right about the importance of us delivering finding a way through in this house to deliver on brexit and to ensure that we do that in an orderly way and I would say to my honourable friend that on those doorsteps I think what he should be saying to the two voters is first of all is that this is a government which has been working to deliver brexit and which continues to work to deliver brexit but when it comes to the local council elections people should I'm sure recognize that if they actually want good local services and they want lower council tax then there is only one way to vote and that is vote conservative speaker may I commend the Prime Minister for the flexibility that she's shown in recent days in rejecting No Deal and requesting the extension to article 50 that she previously rejected I may ask that she shows a similar spirit of compromise in accepting that one way which she can get her deal through this Parliament is if she attaches to it a people's vote the Honorable gentlemen to the answer I gave earlier can I also support the Prime Minister's efforts at continuing to seek a resolution to the problem that she has share had concerns about being where we are but also express concern that the next time we seek an extension it may not be there in order to avoid the dramatic consequences of that will she in addition to pursuing the withdrawal agreement that she rightly should be as flexible as possible in relation to the alternatives and if she is to get a true reflection of the houses view allow free votes on those alternatives to ensure that we can get an agreement over the line leave the EU and have the future relationship with the EU that we want well can I say to my humble friend I think this is a first opportunity I have to be able to thank him for all the work and I also say to him that we will of course we are working as I said to see if we can find that point of agreement with the opposition that would command a majority across this house if we're not able to do that we will want to agree the way in which we can take votes forward such that we do identify an opinion across this house which will command a majority and enable us to do as my right honorable friend has said which is to leave the European Union to do that in an orderly way to do that in a way that is good for the UK so ewilson in these negotiations the EU demanded 39 billion and got it and unnecessary are each backstop and gadot a withdrawal agreement which will tie our hands and future negotiations and gadot and extensions which were against the commitments given by the Prime Minister and God can she give us any example of any demand by the EU was shocked he resisted and I'll give the Honorable gentleman just to a Northern Ireland only customs territory in the backstop to make sure it was a uk-wide customs territory and he said the EU demanded thirty nine billion no they didn't they started off at a hundred billion it was our negotiations over they just Thank You mr. speaker most members of this house will have at the forefront of their minds at issue of citizens rights and whilst I welcome the prime minister's pledge to respect the rights of EU Nationals here and the reciprocal rights that some Member States have given in the absence of a withdrawal agreement those rights are not underpinned by international law can I ask the prime minister she can help arrange a meeting between me and the British in Europe who represent over a million British citizens in Europe and the three million with the Secretary of State for Dec see you to discuss these issues French he has he has resolutely championed the cause of EU citizens here in the UK and also UK citizens living in the European Union and we we welcomed the contribution that EU citizens have made here in the United Kingdom that's why we have given our guarantees to protect their rights and are working with the Telex gives me the eu-27 who have various levels guaranteed the rights of UK citizens in living in their countries and we continue to work to ensure that we have those reciprocal rights but my only friend has raised an issue which is of importance I'm very happy to ensure that he and those representatives of a are able to meet the secretary of state to discuss these issues withdraw agreement implementation bill which I assume we can we can assume he's ready to go can she tell the house how the government intends to judge when and whether it will be in a position to bring forward that bill well I think one of the first points that I would make the Honourable lady is of course that crucially we will see how the talks with the opposition and progress as I say there were further talks taking place today these talks have been conducted in a positive and constructive manner I look forward to them continuing to be conducted in that manner and obviously if we are able to to meet a point of agreement with the opposition in relation to the way forward and then that is what we will seek to bring to this house mr. David James mr. speaker the Prime Minister has spoken of the need for compromise so will she undertake that in the additional six months or so that we've been allotted as a consequence of the article 50 extension she will seek to persuade the European Union of the need to compromise on the issue of the Irish backstop and show less obduracy and will she explained to them that for so long as the Irish backstop remains unamended it is extremely unlikely that the withdrawal agreement will be approved by this house I say to my right understand as I enunciated earlier we have been over the last not just the last few months but indeed in advance of the withdrawal agreement being agreed in November being pressing the issue of the Irish backstop as my right honourable friend knows the half changes have been made legally binding changes were obtained in the agreement between myself and president Janka at Strasbourg in early March those changes were of course brought to this house the house then continued to reject the withdrawal agreement what we are now doing is finding a way through that ensures that the deal that we have agreed with the European Union can find a majority in this house and once again the European Union has been clear that the withdrawal agreement is not open for renegotiation mrs. Ellen Goodman the six largest manufacturers and the National Farmers Union in my constituency all pressed to take no deal off the table and I am extremely glad that that has happened when the Prime Minister next looks at the opposition's proposal for a permanent customs union will she bear in mind the example of Turkey which isn't a customs union but also has its own separate trade deals with third countries I can assure the honorable lady that people have spoken to me both positively and negatively about the Turkish example in relation to a customs union because in practice turkey does not find itself able to to have that freedom in relation to their trade deals because of the arrangements that they have with the European Union the ground Isis Mr Speaker I have a timber processing plant in my constituency and for the first time in 20 years that is maxed out in storage and at gate explained secured additional product storage all due to varrick's uncertainty well my rate wonderful friend recognises course can't be born indefinitely and we collectively as a parliament need to get the breaks that deal done to bring certainty to all our businesses can I thank my honourable friend for bringing home in a very in a very real way the impact that the uncertainty is having on businesses across this country I do want to bring an end to that uncertainty I want to do that as soon as possible we can only do that if this house is able to come together and find a majority for a deal and that enables us to leave mr. speaker gave a hot start said it is a simple fact there is no big obstacle to an independent Scotland rejoining the EU yet the PM said yesterday independence would mean Scotland being thrown out of the EU and indeed that's what the people of Scotland were told time and time again in the up to the independence referendum well she retract the ridiculous assertion that Scotland was somehow uniquely not be allowed to join the EU despite potentially being one of its richest members can I say honourable lady I think she just needs to recall the statements that were clearly made by the European Union at the time of the issue when Scottish independence was being considered in terms of theá– in terms of the referendum and the point at the point is very simple as the SNP at the time was saying that this that Scotland if it boated for independence could just carry on being a member of the European Union what the EU was very clear that Scotland would have to apply to become a member of the European Union and that that was very clear at the time of independence and that was said clearly by the European Union Antoinette's and back thank you mr. speaker my constituents welcome the fact that the Prime Minister is trying to work cross-party to secure a final resolution to brexit can I ask her when considering her red lines to look at the evidence of the comrades poll that was conducted immediately after the referendum vote that indicated only 35% of those voting leave believed that they were voting to leave the single market or the customs union and once we do a value-for-money assessment on our confidence and supply partners where they are both undermining confidence in the UK and failing to supply weights nice a – I need to say to my honourable friend I think I think that when people voted across the United Kingdom to leave the European Union obviously individuals voted for different reasons but I think underlying the vote was that desire to ensure that the United Kingdom as an independent nation could make decisions for its selves in a number of areas where it was previously not making those decisions what we want to see I think collectively across this house what people want to see is outside the European Union us continuing to have a good trading relationship with the European Union I think that deep and a special partnership that we have spoken about is important for us both for the future to have with our nearest neighbors and that's what we're pursuing Prime Minister today when the cross-party talks resumed with the Labour Party men suggest that the Liberal leader is firmly reminded that he can't pick and choose the days on which he stands up and defends a good Friday Agreement he yesterday apprentices questions was quite happy to stand up and quite rightly he stood up and defended the Good Friday Belfast agreement to mark the 21st anniversary of the signing of that agreement he described it as a great achievement by the way and they have a bargain and it was it brought peace which we cherish in Northland and right across the United Kingdom but the leader of the Opposition must stand up every day and fight I defend the Good Friday Agreement so can I just very gently say to the Honourable lady that questions of the prime minister about matters for which she is responsible the premise is not responsible for the– leave the opposition does or doesn't say and we've got a lot to get through so we need it in a sentence lady homeowner Thank You mr. speaker so in the cross party talks today may I urge the prime minister to remind the leader of the Opposition that the Good Friday Agreement and the protection of the constitutional position of Northland and the consent principle or guarantee by her brexit deal and it is therefore something that the Labour Party should support the Honourable lady makes a very important point the brexit deal does defend the belfast book friday agreement well very clear that we retain our will continue to meet the commitments that we as the United Kingdom government have in relation to that to that agreement that is recognized on all sides and that is part of the that we've made those statements clearly within the deal that we've negotiated with the European Union and I believe in other reason why it should be supported Chrissie generis how difficult is it to negotiate with our EU partners now when actions taken by this Parliament and in advice crematoria number 10 mean that my right honourable friend has no choice but to take whatever is she is given by our European partners can I first of all I think this is also my first opportunity to thank my humble friend for the work the team has done the fact that we have made the preparations we have for No Deal are largely down to the work that my honorable friend has done as the minister responsible for that index so during his time there of course this house earlier this week did vote to require an extension to be requested from the European Union it also maintained the prerogative power for the government to enter into international agreements and to have that to have that flexibility of course the House has made known its view on a number of issues what it is not so far been able to do is actually come to an agreement on the withdrawal agreement and a deal such that we can move forward and leave the European Union it's good of course that the front benches are talking to one another and but the trouble is that this parliament isn't quite as simple as that and we've had more members resign from their political parties than any other Parliament in history we've had more members resigned from their post on government side and opposition side down in any other Parliament in history so the truth is we are going to have to go on to the next stage fairly quickly I would just urge the prime minister to do that and can she just answer the question that the leader of the DUP answered earlier about whether she it is her intention to keep this parliamentary session going or way through to October the 31st that still gives enormous amounts of power to the government I think it will be a wholly retrograde step my my focus in relation to parliamentary time at the moment is to see if we can find an agreement that enables us to do what is necessary here in Parliament to get withdrawal agreement ratified by this Parliament such that we can leave the European Union jonathan jaraguá thank the Prime Minister for going out to Brussels standing up in the national interest and coming back with an extension that means we're going to avoid the car crash and disaster that would have been involved in a heart brexit I commend her for opening negotiations with the opposition will there be a timetable or a structure to those negotiations will we come back after Eastern knowing what the process is going to be which will I think give satisfaction to honourable members and give us an idea of where we're getting to an alternatives or other plan needs if necessary but my older friend raises an important point obviously as we go through the discussions that we're having with the opposition the nature of those discussions and how those are progressing in itself determines the timetable but I'm very clear that if we were to meet the desire which I have certainly of not fighting European or not holding European parliamentary elections then of course there is a a timetable that needs to be that needs to be watched and and a dr2 but so soon we will need to make that decision but with the constructive talks as they are at the moment I think it is absolutely right we continued those talks to see if we can find that point of agreement between us Barry chairman mr. speaker can I say to the Prime Minister that many of us watching her working very hard and diligently believes she has been in our own way to suing the national interest and we thank Floyd but could I also say that I always have welcomed when she reaches out across the party in the national interest to get this sorted but can I give her a good news I've been in this house nearly 40 years in May and I only have a good feel for that I feel there's a much more optimistic spirit here now since we've got this delay that but across the parties we can get good more goodwill and we can get this sorted can we really do that the cast aside some of the red lines yes and all that stuff coming to the room in a positive spirit and we on the back benches will support this leadership and her leadership if it gets her sorted in the national winter the TV shows and for his references to the positive mood in the house I hope that we will indeed be able to do what he suggests and find a way through because I think what the public want is exactly what he said they want us to get this sorted we want a European election can I ask the prime minister to do everything she can even though she has managed to achieve a longer extension now to make sure that we are able to do this as quickly as possible and leave the EU as my constituents voted to do some nearly three years ago to my humble friend getting the termina bility of the extension was very important for us that does mean it is in our hands we can leave earlier we can leave at a timescale that enabled means that we don't have to hold that European parliamentary election and we can deliver for her constituents and constituents up and down the country just reading Thank You mr. speaker the Prime Minister has asked this house now several times to vote for her deal the fact is if she agreed to put it to a complement the confirmatory vote it would sail through is the reason she doesn't want to do so because she thinks it doesn't they won't achieve a majority and if so wouldn't that be thoroughly undemocratic and if she genuinely believes it delivers the will of the people then why when she asked them no it is not because I'm concerned about what the result of that such a vote would be it is because I believe that having given the decision to the British people as to whether we should leave the European Union it is right and it is duty for this house to actually deliver on that Sir Desmond Swain isn't it abundantly clear that anyone who believes that a second referendum will bring the nation together was on another planet during the last one [Applause] my right or my friend makes a very important point a second referendum I believe will be divisive rather than healing grateful mr. speaker the deal will require the ratification by the EU Parliament the current Parliament sits for the last time a week today and then meets just once in July to sort itself out and doesn't really meet properly until October November so isn't this discussion of a sooner leaving date actually an impossibility because it can't be ratified impossibility because it is possible for the European Parliament to ratify in advance of the United Kingdom ratifying David Rodina Thank You mr. Speaker I didn't cave there was a long-term supporter by right honorable friends deal I congratulate you on coming back from Europe with an extension that has not got onerous conditions which we will for be imposed may also say Chua speaking for the businesses in the Midlands time is of the essence businesses are not getting the bank ranger space to have their gang out of business and I also say to her this reference the opposition but it's the opposition that are being blamed for their intransigence and shared bloody mindedness as well my honourable friend in relation to businesses I think he's absolutely right and time is of the essence it is important that we bring the uncertainty that businesses are facing to a conclusion and that's why I think it is absolutely right that we do everything we can to find a way through a majority in this house that delivers on brexit and does it in an orderly way and give certainty to those businesses very president Tosk urged her to use the time well and her you counterparts have urged a duty of sincere cooperation upon her I had hoped that that Duty would extend to the cross party talks but listening to her replies in this place today I'm filled with a growing dismay that she has failed to understand that the Labour Party's negotiating mandate has been set out by our members in our party conference that says any deal needs to be put back to the people for a confirmatory ballot with an option to remain and I can tell her now that those talks will not succeed unless she hardwires it in to the withdrawal agreement built she simply won't get a stable majority for that bill in this place to the honourable lady that we both sides both government and opposition are approaching these talks with the aim of constructively looking to see if we can find a way through this that will command a majority in this house that will enable us to get the legislation through and do what but she and other honourable members on that side of the house and honourable right on with us on this side of the house did at the last general election which is stan stood on a manifesto to deliver perhaps it was in vicars Thank You mr. speaker the my right honourable friend in her statement spoken of the British people being frustrated with the present situation I can certainly confirm that that applies to my consuit constituents but they're also angry and they feel that our country has been you humiliated can Prime Minister give them at least a crumb of comfort by giving them an absolute that they will most certainly never ever be another application for an extension and would she agree that the one that benefit from the extension is that it gives us even more time to prefer for No Deal can I can I say to my little friend can I first of all thank him for the support that he has recently shown for the deal because the best the best way that we can give that confidence to his constituents is by ensuring that in this house we agree a deal and then were able actually to deliver the leaving of the European Union during Davis it's just because you said a moment ago that the European Parliament can vote to ratify the deal before this Parliament and presumably during that that interlude there will be further negotiations to change the political declaration so can she tell me how she intends to entrench any agreements in good faith between the two parties in the political declaration if not by a public confirmatory vote which will make those political declarations sustainable rather than ripped up by future leaders the Honourable gentleman that we have already indicated the intention that we have to ensure that Parliament has a greater role in the negotiation in relation to the future relationship in future by accepting as we said on the 29th of March the amendment in the name of his honourable friend the members of stoke-on-trent central and we can also look the elements of this are about the political declarations are also elements that are about what we do here in this house in UK legislation to ensure that we're entrenching objectives for that future relationship of course the negotiation still has to take place with you on that future relationship but there are many steps that we can take here in the United Kingdom to give confidence to members of this house Sir Geoffrey Clifton Brown Thank You mr. speaker prime ministers resolve especially with her lack of sleep in trying to persuade this house to come up with solution that is acceptable to our brexit problem is to be highly commended in return will she continue to resolve to press our European partners for the only thing that's had a majority in this house namely the Brady amendment combined with the Malthouse compromise can I say to my right honourable friend the the position in relation to the withdrawal agreement has been reiterated by the by the European Union Council but of course the point of the Brady amendment was that alternative arrangements should be in place that could replace the backstop we are and one of the things that we have agreed with the European Union is a fast a timetable for work on those alternative arrangements and as I indicated earlier in response to a question the government has committed money funding for the work that is necessary to ensure that we will be in that position such that at the end of December 2020 the backstop would not need to be used and if interim arrangements were necessary those alternative arrangements will be available because 70% of my constituents voted remain don't want an extension they just want this business stopped the way to break this deadlock is either with a new referendum a new house of commons or a new prime minister so which is it going to be – the honourable gentleman he knows full well that I believe it is the duty of this house I believe it is duty of this Parliament to deliver on the result of the referendum that took place in 2016 to do that with a deal to leave the European Union in an orderly way and that's what we're working to do this house very much appreciates the Prime Minister's desire to leave with the deal however the Prime Minister will appreciate that a responsible government must prepare for all eventualities there are members in this house who do not favor a No Deal scenario because they feel that the country is not ready to leave in such circumstances given that we are now in an extended territory in terms of leaving the EU with the Prime Minister kindly given assurance to the house that she has given instructions to the government to prepare for a No deal in the event that we do reach that eventuality and I hope that she will also appreciate that by doing so it will not only strengthen our position as far as the EU is concerned with further negotiations but also if we do have to leave on a No Deal basis we can do so do so with confidence and without fear I say to my right honourable friend that it is right as we have not yet agreed a deal on what basis on which we are leaving the European Union that we continue to make preparations for all eventualities but I've also say this to my right honourable friend that in a no deal situation it wouldn't simply be a question of what the United Kingdom government had done it would be a question of what governments in the European Union other governments in the European Union had done so while any preparations would be made to mitigate the impact of no deal of course there would be elements that will be out with the control of the UK government the private estate could be relieved I'm not going to ask to dip into her stash of cough sweets well I do want to follow up on something she just said to the member for Meriden about one of the things that she wants to do with the time now available to her which is to hear what businesses and the public think about all the things in front of us does she recognise that the fairest most inclusive and most democratic way to do that would be to learn from other countries and have a citizens assembly the question particularly given the state of her throat and voice but I think if we are obviously looking at establishing as we have indicated a more if you like a more formal forum which it is possible to bring people together across we have been listening to business of course we have been talking and listening to trade unions and civil society but a more formal way of doing that and arrangements for that will be set out in due course mr. speaker will the Prime Minister accept the very clear message I got from my fellow commuters from Chislehurst this morning well I think a very representative my constituency that she has done the right thing by the country in avoiding a No Deal which would have done real harm to their real-world jobs and businesses also that it is no harm in fact a good thing in the real world to seek compromise and to reach out and rigidity and fundamentalism is actually what does not work in the real world and thirdly that they want her to have our support in continuing to see this through and have the matter done and thank the commuters from into the house it's absolutely right I think people recognize the importance of compromise they recognize the importance of working this through finding a solution and getting it done for the commuters of Chislehurst were greatly encouraged to be accompanied on their journey by the honourable of and learned gentlemen I feel sure of that Seema Malhotra mr. speaker the Prime Minister three years after the referendum is finally engaged in cross party talks but she may recall as long ago as the week that she took office I wrote her calling for cross party working in the national interest and for her to urgently engage the country through a national convention on how we move forward so we've committed brexit ears now like kita o borne expressing concern about where we have reached and the risks of brexit for our economy and our Union who does she plan to engage in the more formal forum she has described in order to engage the pub in how we move forward and use the next six months wisely to bring our divided country together we do want to bring our divider country together first of all in order to do that we need to have agreement across this house for a deal that can ensure that we can deliver brexit and then move on to that second stage where we will indeed be having that that commitment both in terms of the responsibilities and involvement of this house but also businesses trade unions and civil society Richard Graham given the collective failure of Parliament to secure the withdrawal agreement bill in allow us to leave the European Union so far the primacy is absolutely right to see cross-party consensus secure an extension of article 50 and urge us to resolution of this as quickly as possible to avoid the European Union elections in that process the wording of customs arrangements in the future political declaration is likely to be key and I've asked the chairman of our Select Committee for leaving me you to distribute a briefing on this but could my right honourable friend also organize for leading representatives of major business organizations to brief members across the house on the importance of the withdrawal agreement bill and what their views on the customs union are has made a very interesting and important suggestion I will certainly look very carefully at that I think it is important that members of this house have as much information as possible than they are making decisions on these matters and certainly the voice of business will be an important part of that dr uber having me round so much more agreeable cross-party dialogue exactly a week ago feels like six months ago than the exchanges that we have possibly be forcibly confrontational exchanges that we have in here and I congratulate her on her achievement of the wee hours yesterday night or this morning whenever that was and in recognition of the spirit of reaching consensus that she talked about and we discussed last week how all our constituents just want this stalemate moved on from I'm now prepared her due to pass subject to the small rider that it has attached to the end of it and ratification referenda to check in but the one of the people in 2016 is the will of the people now and I feel that would be imbue it with democratic renewal that is my compromise mr. speaker it's a big climb down from what I've said all the way up to now I just wanted if she'd tell us what's his hers can I say to the honourable lady and I was happy to have a discussion last week and come out Crusader I think in her question to me she referenced the need that constituents feel to be able to move on from this situation can I just say to her gently that I don't think holding a second referendum would enable people to move on it would have further discussion further division jeremy Lefroy you very much mr. speaker can I thank the Prime Minister for all that she's done over the last weeks days and months and for what she has achieved yesterday would she also join me in thanking certain Barrow the UK to Representative to the European Union and his staff and indeed many of the fellow leaders at the European Council who showed great goodwill towards the United Kingdom in coming to this agreement and listening to the points that she made they are our partners for the future whatever that holds very happy to congratulate and welcome to Tim Barrow and all his staff on all the work that they have done they've been putting long hours in on behalf of the United Kingdom and a major really important contribution to the work that we've been doing with the EU negotiating this this particular deal and I also say that he's absolutely right those EU leaders were willing to come some broke off election campaigning someone restricted to a trip that he was due to make to Vietnam was making to Vietnam in order to come round the table to get that agreement yesterday and I was grateful to them for that they are our partners they will continue to be our partners hombre when two years ago the Prime Minister was devising a brexit that reflected the will of the people I assume it didn't include many elements of labour policy so if the Primus agrees a a blue-red brexit with the leader of the Opposition it cannot by definition reflect her interpretation of the will of the people doesn't that make the case for a people's vote unassailable gentlemen I think there are actually many things and plenty of things on which we agree with the opposition on this matter ending free movement protecting jobs upholding and enhancing workers rights these are all things that that we agree on so there is much that we do agree on we're working to see how we can come to a final agreement between us that would get a majority across this house Viki Ford Thank You mr. speaker 10 years ago European elections were held in the heat of the expenses scandal and many voters chose to stay at home two members of the British National Party was sent to represent our country despite the fact that less than 3 percent of voters actually voted for them and despite the abhorrent policies of that party which denied membership to anyone whose face was not white so come I urged my right honorable friend the Prime Minister and the leader of the Opposition to do everything they can to resolve this impasse so that we don't need to fight European elections but if we do to fight them with a positive attitude from the centre and not to hand a platform to extremists again my honourable friend makes a very important point and I think I do believe and I would hope that this is a view that is shared across the house that we shall be working to try to ensure that we do not need to hold those European parliamentary elections that we are able to get an agreement that can see a majority across this house so that we can leave and not hold those those elections and I think it is very important as she says that we do not see platforms being given to extremists dr. wall Williams mr. speaker when there are problems in a relationship we encourage couples to keep on talking when there's an industrial dispute negotiations are always best when there's a dispute between countries we encourage people to talk why does the Prime Minister think that having a binder binding public confirmatory vote would be so divisive can I say to the Honorable gentleman first of all can I say and his exemplification is when there are issues of which people disagree the ability to come together and talk is an important element which is exactly what I'm doing with the with the opposition at the moment but as I've said before I think that that one of the reasons why I think that a second referendum would be divisive is because I think there are many people who felt that they voted for a conclusion in the first referendum and would feel that they would lose their trust in politicians if we failed to deliver on that Matt Worman 76% of my constituents voted to leave the European Union that everyday this Parliament fails to deliver on that is another day that their faith in democracy is diminished so can I say to the prime minister that this is about more than brexit and that a second referendum would be a hammer blow to that faith in democracy and we cannot let that happen my honourable friend speaks powerfully on this issue and as I have indicated an answer to a number of questions I believe we do have a duty in this house to deliver on the vote of the British people to deliver brexit for them okay we're not in right do you mr. speaker in last week's indicative votes the front bench opposite opposition from bench moved on their key red lines and supported a solution that does not include a permanent customs union but instead includes a customs arrangement now that we're virtually on the same page isn't now the time to put Party politics aside a work cross cross party to agree a deal in the national interest what can I say to my little friend I think it is that the public expect no less of us that at a time such as this when there has been this deadlock that we are willing to work together politicians are willing to sit down and talk together and find a solution and that's exactly what we want to do rachel mathematical Thank You mr. speaker today the Prime Minister has failed to move on her red lines so as not in sincerity reached out across this Parliament let alone this country Parliament our car nation is stressed it's hurting it's dividing and it's breaking so how will the Prime Minister use the time available to her to bring our country together and heal the divides in our nation and will she work across the house to do this can I say don't believe that is exactly what we are doing we are having talks in a very positive constructive atmosphere looking in detail of course we've both started as I say I think there's a lot that we agree on there are some differences between us but we're working to find if we can find agreement between these she talks the Honourable lady talks about the country and bringing the country together I think a first step in bringing the country together is being able to bring this house together to find a deal so that we can deliver brexit might would speak my writeable friend is aware of my view of a lengthy extension but the extension period that she's negotiated ends if an agreement is ratified what guarantees has she secured that the European Parliament will ratify any agreement in a timely manner without unnecessary delay the it's clear what has been agreed as I understand it is that there is a process by which the European palms I indicated earlier would be able to ratify prior to the United Kingdom ratifying of course that ratification could be subject to us then ratifying to enable that the whole process have been completed mr. speaker given that the Prime Minister's suits have indicated quite clearly that she's not prepared to give at all on her red lines and she said in her statement that if they cut we can't come to cross see agreement but she wants to bring back soon so I'd like to know how long is soon a small number of options before the house what will be included in those options say to the Honorable general first of all I have indicated on a number of occasions now that we are working constructively and positively with the opposition to find that point of agreement between us as I said there are many issues people often talk for example on customs about disagreement between us actually we do agree that we want the benefits of a customs union with no tariffs no rules of origin checks and no quotas and he reference the potential second stage if it is not possible to come to that agreement we would be we would be working with the opposition to identify those options and how to take those forward Derek Thomas Thank You speaker people want and expect us to get on with a job and I believe that trust in a democratic system is being Road it eroded at an alarming rate assuming that the Prime Minister can get the meaning vote meaningful vote for par approved is it still the PMZ the premises view that the transition period will end at the end of 2020 if it was that view then this would this would demonstrate that we are true to our word it is certainly my view that that transition period can end at the end of December 2020 and indeed we should work to ensure that it does end at the end of December 2020 and of course the sooner we can get a deal ratified through this Parliament then the more likely we are to be able to meet that timetable dr. Lisa Cameron many thanks mr. speaker as Easter approaches my churches across East Kilbride Stephen and Leslie people have expressed grave concern regarding drawing intolerance towards EU citizens in the UK as a result of the breaks at this Court and extreme right-wing views so what work in the Prime Minister do to deny this intolerance to reassure our EU citizens that they are valued we want their contribution because the improve our society for the better well I'm very happy to echo that comment that the Honourable lady has made EU citizens make valuable contribution to our society to our economy we are the better for their contribution the contribution that they make as it's why the government has been clear in guaranteeing and protecting the rights of those EU citizens we are one community and we should move forward as one community raymond tht mr. speaker paragraph 10 of the conclusion says further extension cannot be allowed to undermine the regular functioning of the institution's promises that is exactly what would happen if we have the European elections take place we would get far-right extremist individuals who were who are protesting outside number 10 on the 29th of March exploiting people's grievances for their own interest sitting on a Home Affairs Select Committee Prime Minister and you know this well over a hundred Lively of investigations take place on extremism and most of our far-right extremists taking part in those European elections would give legitimacy to some of these vile individuals and their beliefs Prime Minister my constituents say please please deliver by the 22nd we don't tape on European elections if not this has gone on long enough to live on the democratic mandate of which the people have voted on and leave or without I do say to my honourable friend I absolutely agree that we should be working to ensure that we can leave the European Union with a deal without having to hold those European parliamentary elections to say that no matter how the Prime Minister dresses up last night as a bilateral negotiation he was actually a humiliation for this country on her watch and I wandered in the spirit of saying that she wants to compromise can she just confirmed for me and the many of my constituents who've been in touch about whether she is actually going to move off any of those red lines that she's put forward by minister to the honourable lady we have already shown our willingness to move when issues have been put to us as a government we've done that on some of the issues for example around around workers rights these are still issues that they wish to be discussed with us but we've already shown our willingness to move on issues thank you mr. speaker can I compliment the Prime Minister on her stamina and can I I can I thank her for making the future of the Union paramount in her considerations the last thing we need in Scotland is another divisive referendum and I know that the people of Stirling want us to come together and resolve this issue they want us to compromise it was to be grown-up about this does the Prime Minister agree with this sentiment from Liscomb and the chief executive of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce she said it would be a disgrace if any of those who claim to represent our citizens if come the 31st of October the same late night drama plays out all over again I [Applause] think the responsibility for all of us on this house now is to come together to find a way through to ensure that we can get this done Thank You mr. speaker the play Minister has repeatedly say to our face against the second referendum but she has also said compromise will be required and that she is and what she is willing to compromise on is subject to negotiations with the Labour Party if that is the case how can she so categorically rule like our peoples vote and why is she apparently removing that option as part of any future negotiations and compromise conversations I refer the Honourable ages the answers I've given earlier in response to questions about a second referendum businesses have been increasing their stocks of raw materials components and finished goods in order to avoid the damaging disruption of a No Deal departure from the EU and the process they've incurred substantial additional costs on warehousing have been tying up capital that otherwise to be available available for investment what advice with the Prime Minister give to businesses as to how long they need to continue with that process Minister I say – absolutely right of course to identify the uncertainties that businesses face and the actions that they're taking in the face of those onto certainties I think what I would say to businesses is that they would see that the government in reaching out to the opposition is genuinely trying to find a way through this and being able to do that within a timescale that gives them the certainty as soon as possible just in matters Thank You mr. speaker given the government's motion on the EU on Tuesday could only attract the support of about 40% of her own party's MPs what guarantees do we have should she reach agreement the leader of the Opposition that any deal could actually get the support of her own party look and see that actually support for this drol agreement has been growing on this side of the house we are looking to see if we can find that as he knows that point of agreement with the opposition that would truly command a majority at this house and enable us to ensure that we can get the legislation necessary through Matt West Oh Thank You mr. speaker can I thank the Prime Minister for listening to the house and working with the European Union to avoid a no deal a no deal would've cost manufacturing greatly and Jaguar Land Rover which is sent around my constituency 1.2 billion pounds a year which would threaten its very viability however does the Prime Minister agree with her Secretary of State for international trade that a customs union would actually between the UK and EU would actually be the worst of both worlds what we are looking for is to ensure that we can obtain the benefits of a customs union that have been identified in the political declaration we are continuing to to move forward on that of course there is the question of trade policy we believe it's right to have a good trade agreement with the European Union for the future but also to have good trade agreements and an ability to negotiate those trade agreements with the rest of the world to conclude with a question from the distinguished chair Procedure Committee it goes without saying that I look forward to joining the prime minister in delivering breaks it in broxbourne so can I just say to the prime minister in concluding this I have nothing left to say on brexit until at least another week as passed so will she join the rest of the house in having a few days off next week and before she leaves this place tonight can she suggest the chief width that he has a few solid 12-hour sleeps I thank my friend for his sentiments I'm sure everybody across the whole of this house is looking forward to the opportunity to actually take some time to reflect on the issues that we're dealing with in this house to do this away from this away from this chamber and I will certainly pass his request on to the Chief Whip thank you order statement the Secretary of State for the Home Department Secretary Sajid Javid with permission mr. Speaker I would like to make a statement on the arrest of Julian Assange this morning after nearly seven years inside the Ecuadorian embassy mr. Assange was arrested for failing to surrender in relation to his extradition proceedings he was later also served with a warrant for provisional arrest pending receipt of a request for extradition to stand trial in the United States on charges relating to computer offenses his arrest follows a decision by the Ecuadorian government to bring to an end his presence inside the embassy in London I am pleased that President Moreno has taken this decision and I extend the UK's thanks to him for resolving this situation Ecuador's actions recognized that the UK criminal justice system is one in which rights are protected and in which contrary to what mr. Assange and his supporters may claim he and his legitimate interests will be protected this also reflects the improvements the UK relationship with Ecuador under the government of president Moreno fees are

29 thoughts on “May Brexit statement after emergency EU summit

  1. Hear! Hear! everybody… the next time I hear an English person looking down at, criticising and offending south European countries' political establishments, political structure AND their press with ignorant arrogance I will know what to say. Westminster is now the laughing stock of the world. This is now Rome, not London. Everything should have sorted out by September 2018, so to give all the business owners, public establishments like the NHS for instance, the time to make appropriate adjustments. Having lived for 24 years in this country, I knew the UK has never been in Love with Europe for all the reasons we know, but these 3 years have unleashed the worst attitude from a big part of English people from a specific social background, age and location. It has broken long-held friendships, even families. I wish the UK does get out of the EU, with no deal, ends this long played farce and get on with serious business: poverty, gang knifing and injustice to mention 3 of them. I also wish that, by magic, all the Europeans would really go back to their countries, including myself, all disappear over a weekend and I'd love to see what happens on a Monday morning in UK cities.

  2. BREXIT the way forward.
    It is my opinion that we should leave the EU without any deal and engage WTO rules.
    To alleviate the prospect of motorway lorry gridlock on the Dover M2 we should investigate the possibility of stopping continental lorries transporting goods and containers throughout the U.K. which could possibly alleviate illegal immigration.

    Use shipping to transport all containers to our Regional Ports which would be reinvigorated. Containers could then be delivered regionally by local transport (possibly electric vehicles). We are a maritime nation not landlocked like most of Europe This could help our environmental pollution, road wear, etc. and give regional employment to Ports around the country. As a consequence some of the 40 billion pounds savings could be used regenerate our regional Ports. 

    Our Government appears to ignore the fact that WTO rules would effect Europe to a greater extent than the UK and some sort of compromise could be achieved after we commit to leaving without a deal.

    The vindictive attitude of the Eu towards the UK would appear that the EU does not want the UK to leave at all because the EU will suffer more than the UK and possibly lead to their breakup.

    Unfortunately the Civil Service and Theresa May are against No Deal Brexit which is at odds with the Democratic Vote of the British People who voted to leave. It was agreed

    by Theresa May we would leave on 29th March 2019 with HER DEAL or NO DEAL.

    Theresa May's credibility is now ZERO.

    However Theresa May will certainly go down in history

    YOU'VE BEEN THERESA MAY'D
    This will be Theresa May's claim to fame when in future people are

    TOTALLY HUMILIATED

    TUNNEL VISIONED

    CONTINUAL PROCRASTINATION

    CONSERVATIVE WITH THE TRUTH

  3. You are scared of the electorate, May. SCARED. The people have the right to be consulted NOW. The choice of a 3-year old small majority is history. What counts is what the people want NOW. NOW, May, NOW. Can't you get it. Are you so dumb, or you are playing dumb because you are scared of the electorate. Run woman run. You are scared. Our democracy would not be damaged as you incorrectly think. It would strengthen our democracy. Only if you are scared you refuse to go back to the electorate to see what people think NOW. NOW, not three years ago. You are wrong, May, because you are scared, scared to find out that Brexit is no longer the will of the people. Ask the people what course they want to pursue. Ask them. This is democracy. ASK THE PEOPLE. Stop wasting time and national resources.

  4. May is scared to ask the people now. She likes to be hostage to what a small majority chose THREE YEARS AGO. Use the democratic process to bring people together. People now are divided because of the 2016 referendum when people were ill informed and unaware of the implications of Brexit. Entire nations voted to remain: Scotland and Northern Ireland. May do not treat them as secondary citizens. Respect the will of the people. THIS is democracy. May has different ideas because she lacks flexibility of mind. Her rigidity and stubbornness are shameful and harmful to this country. Go away May. Get lost you rigid piece of rusted water pipe.

  5. A second referendum would not divide society more than it is divided now. The people are divided NOW. A confirmatory referendum would show the way forward which could be NO Brexit at all. THIS is what counts. WHAT THE PEOPLE WANT NOW, not what a small majority chose THREE YEARS AGO. People change. Democracy needs to take this into account. Democracy is what the people want NOW. The people are sadly divided NOW becauses of the 2016 referendum. A confirmatory referendum would unite them. May is rigid because she is stubborn and this is a sign of dementia.

  6. May is thick. May insists on a referendum won by a small majority three years ago when people were ill informed. She is thick like the mud pigs like to roll in. People have changed in three years after discovering what Brexit implies. Why are you scared to go back to the people? Democracy is what people want NOW not three years ago. Why send your Brexit plan to the House three times and a fourth time soon if you are not prepared to consult the people again after THREE years? Hypocrite!

  7. How many people have died in Police custody and how many police have been prosecuted. None. You make me sick. You have spent millions on this guy. Mental health you cut each year.

  8. I am stunned to hear a Mrs May uttering the words that the UK seeks frictionless trade and a waiving of rules of origin. Both are impossible under WTO rules for third countries. Is she seeking to Remain?

  9. May should commended for getting the EU the extra time it needs to put infrastructure in place for 100 % customs checks. I am sure they will use the extra time to minimise the impact of the Brexit on the 27 to the detriment of the UK.

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