tv British Prime Minister Theresa May Statement CSPAN July 10, 2018 2:51pm-3:31pm EDT
the last two years. we do not agree about the best way of delivering our shared commitment to honor the result of the referendum, but i want to recognize the work of the former secretary of state for exiting the european union, for the work he did to establish a new departmentunion. and steer to recognize the passion the foreign secretary demonstrated in promoting -- in promoting -- >> order. unseemly atmosphere i'm also
pleased to welcome my honorable frebd as the new secretary of state. mr. speaker, on friday at checkers the company agreed to comprehensive and proposal that provides responsible and credible basis for regressing negotiations with the eu a proposal would strike new trade deals through an independent trade policy and keeps our people safe and u.n. union together. before i set out the details of this proposal, i want to start by complaining why we're putting it forward. the settled all of the agreement and we've agreed in implementation period which will provide businesses and governments the time for future relationship with the eu two
models from the eu are not acceptable. first, there is what is provided for in the european council's government lines from march of this year, amounts to a standard free trade agreement with northern ireland off in the customs union and parts of the single market to meet commitments under the belfast agreement, there should be no hard border between northern island and ireland. secondly, there is what some people say is an offer from the eu, model that is effectively the economic area but going further in some places and remaining in the customs union
for the whole of the uk. this would mean continued free movement, continued pavement of vast sums every year to the eu for market access and continued obligation to follow the vast bulk of eu law, no independent trade policy with no ability to strike our own trade deals around the world. i firmly believe this would not honor the referendum result. if the eu continues on this course, there's a serious risk it could lead to no deal. and this would most likely be an orderly no deal i cannot see this far limit would approve the withdrawal agreement with a northern ireland protocol and financial commitments and without these commitments, the eu wouldn't sign a withdraw agreement. a responsible government must prepare for a range of potential outcomes including the possibility of no deal. including the possibility of no deal.
and given the short period remaining before the conclusion of negotiations, the cabinet agreed on friday that these preparations should be stepped up. but at the same time, we should recognize that such a disorderly no deal would have to find consequences for both the uk and eu and i believe the uk deserves better. cabinet agreed, the cabinet agreed we need to present eu with a new model, evolving the position i had set out in my position secure the new relationship in the autumn, pass the withdrawal and implementation bill and leave the european union on the 29th of march, 2019. mr. speaker, the friction free movement of goods is the only way to avoid a hard border between northern ireland and ireland and between northern ireland and great britain. it is the only way to protect the uniquely integrated supply
chains on which millions of jobs and livelihoods depend. so at the heart of our proposal, a heart of a free trade area which will avoid the need for customs and regulatory checks at the board enand protect the supply chains. to achieve this requires four steps, first a commitment to maintaining a common rule book for products and to deliver this the uu could make an up front sovereign choice to commit to ongoing harmenization, covering only those necessary to provide for frictionless trade at the border. this would not cover services because this is not necessary to ensure free flow at the border and it would not include the common agricultural policy and fisheries policies which the uk will leave when we leave the eu. the regulations covered are regular tifly stable and supported by a large share of our manufacturing businesses. we would continue to play a strong role in shaping the
european and international standards that underpin them. and there would be a parliamentary lock on all new rules and regulations because when we leave the eu, we will end the direct effect of eu law in the uk, all laws in the uk will be passed in westminster, and cardiff and belfast. our parliament would have the sovereign ability to reject any proposals if it so chose. recognizing it will be consequences including for market access if we chose a different approach from the eu. second we'll ensure a fair trading environment. under our proposal the uk and eu would strong resip pro cal commitments and we'll establish cooperative arrangements on competition and commit to maintaining high regulatory standards for the environment and climate change and social and employment and consumer protection. third, we would need to joint inconstitutional framework to provide for the application of
eu/uk agreements by both parties. this will be done in the uk by uk courts and eu by eu courts with with regard to case law in areas where the uk continued to apply a common rule book. this framework would also provide a robust and appropriate means for the resolution of disputes including through the establishment of a joint committee of representatives from the eu and the eu. it would respect the ought tonmy of the uk and eu's legal orders and based on the principle, cannot resoldisputes between th two. and put forward a new business friendly cost oms model and arrangement. this would remove the need for customs checks and controls between the uk and eu because we would operate as if a combined customs territory. crucially it would allow the uk to pursue an independent trade policy. uk would apply uk tariffs
intended for the uk and eu's tariffs and trade policy for goods intended for the eu. 96% of businesses would be able to pay the correct tariff or no tariff at the uk border so there would be no additional burdens for them compared to the status quo and they would be able to benefit from the new trade deals we'll strike. in addition, we would also bring forward new technology to make our customs systems as smooth as possible for those businesses who trade with the rest of the world. some have suggested that under this arrangement, the uk would not be able to do trade deals. they are wrong. when we have left the eu the uk would have the own independent trade policy and the ability to set tariffs for our trade with the rest of the world. we will be able to pursue trade agreements with key partners and on friday the cabinet agreed we would consider seeking success to the agreement for trans pacific partnership.
mr. speaker, our brexit plan for britain respects what we've heard from businesses about how they want to trade with the eu after we leave and will ensure we are best place to capitalize in line with our modern industrial strategy. as i set out in the house before, our proposal also includes a far reaching security partnership that will ensure continued close cooperation with our allies across europe while enabling us to operate an independent and independent foreign policy. this is not just a plan good for british jobs but good for safety and security of our people at home and in europe too. some have asked whether this proposal is consistent with the commitments made in the conservative manifest to. it is the manifesto said as we leave the european union we will no longer be members of the single market or customs union but we will seek a deep and special partnership including a comprehensive free trade and customs agreement and that is
exactly what the perfect proezal agreed seeks to achieve. what we are proposing is challenging for the eu. it requires them -- it requires them to think again to look beyond the positions they've taken so far and agree a new and fair balance of rights and obligations that is the only way to meet our commitments to create a hard border without damaging the constitutional integrity of the uk and while respecting the result of the referendum. it is a balance that reflects links we've established over the last 40 years as some of the world's largest economies and security partners and bold proposal we will set out more fully in a white paper on thursday and expect the eu to engage seriously with the detail and to intensify negotiations over the summer so we can get the future relationship i firmly
believe is in all of our interests. in the two years since the refer undumb, we've had a spirited national debate. with robust views echoing around the cabinet table as they have on breakfast tables up and down the country. over that time, i've listened to every possible idea and every possible version of brexit. mr. speaker, this is the right brexit. leaving the european union on the 29th of march, 2019, a complete -- a complete end to free movement taking back control of our borders. an end to the -- restoring the -- no more sending vast sums of money to the eu. instead a brex it dividend to spend on domestic priorities like our long term plans. flexibility on services where the uk is world leading. no hard border between northern
ireland or northern ireland and great britain. a parliamentary lock on new rules and regulations, leaving the common agricultural policy, the freedom to strike new trade deals around the new world and not the most distant relationship possible with our neighbors and friends and deep and special partnership, frictionless trade in goods and shared commitments to high standard, to promote open and fair trade and continued security cooperation to keep our people safe. this is the brexit that is in our national interest. it is the brexit that will deliver on the democratic decision of the british people and it is the right brex it deal for brexit and i commend this statement to the house. >> mr. speaker, i want to thank the prime minister for advanced copy of this statement and share her condolences to the friends
and family of dawn sturgis, over two years on from the refer endm of cabinet infighting and indecision. culminating in a series of wasted opportunities with more and more people losing faith that this government is capable of delivering a good brexit deal and that is just within her own cabinet. two years on from the referendum, 16 months on from article 50 being triggered, it's only this weekend that the cabinet managed to agree a negotiating position among itself. and that illusion lasted 48 hours. there are now only a few months left until these negotiations are supposed to conclude. we have a crisis in government, two secretaries of state have
resigned. and still, we're no clearer on what future relationship with our nearest neighbors and biggest partners will look like. workers and businesses deserve better than this. it is clear, mr. speaker, this government is not capable of securing a deal to protect the economy, jobs and living standards. it is clear this government cannot secure a good deal for britain. on friday, on friday, mr. speaker, the prime minister was so proud of her brexit deal she wrote to her mps to declare collective cabinet responsibility is now fully restored.
while the environment secretary added his own words and said one of the things about this compromise is that it unites the cabinet. the checkers compromise -- the checkers compromise took two years to reach and just two days to unravel. mr. speaker, how can anyone have faith in the prime minister getting a good deal with 27 european union governments when she can't even broker a deal within her own cabinet? to be fair, i want to be fair to the former brexit secretary and the former foreign secretary, i think they would have resigned on the spot on friday. but they were faced with a very long walk, no phone, and due to government cuts no bus service either.
so i think they will probably are wise to hang on for a couple of days to get a lift home in a government car. i also mr. speaker, want to congratulate the honorable member for walton on his appointment as the secretary of state. he now becomes our chief negotiator on an issue that could not be more important or more urgent. but this new secretary of state is on record as wanting to tear up people's rights. he said and i quote, i don't support the human rights act. leaving the european union would present enormous opportunities to ease the regulatory burden on employers. he is the one negotiating apparently on behalf of this
government in europe. mr. speaker, this mess is all of the prime minister's own making. for too long she spent more time negotiating the divisions in her party than putting any focus on the needs of our economy. the prime minister postured with red line after red line and now as reality bites, she's back sliding on every one of them. we were also given commitments that this government would achieve the exact same benefits and free and frictionless trade with the eu. now those red lines are fading and the team that the prime minister appointed secure this deal for our country have jumped the sinking ship, far from strong and stable, there are ministers overboard and the ship is listing. all at the worst possible time. mr. speaker, if we look at the prime minister's proposals for
the long delayed white paper, this is not a comprehensive plan for jobs in britain and the economy. the people of this country deserve. these proposals stop well short of a comprehensive customs union, something trade unions and manufacturers have been demanding. instead, they float a complex plan that is already been derided by her own cabinet members as bureaucratic and unwieldy. the agreement contains no plan to protect our service industry. no plan to prevent a hard border in northern ireland. and also, put forward the idea of regulatory flexibility, which we all know, mr. speaker, regulatory flexibility is a code for deregulation of our economy.
the government's proposals would lead to british workplace rights, consumer rights and food safety standards and environmental protections falling behind eu standards over time. and none of this -- none of this has even been tested in negotiations the checkers agreement now stands as a shattered truce, a sticking plaster over the cabinet's cracks in this government. the future of jobs and investment are now at stake. they, those jobs and that investment are not a subplot in the civil war. and at such a crucial time for our country in these vital negotiations, we need a government that is capable of governing and negotiating for britain. for the good of the country and its people, they need to get the
act together and do it quickly. make way for those who can. >> mr. speaker, i know the right honorable gentlemen has been in this house many time and heard normal statement. and the normal response is actually to ask some questions. i don't think there are any questions anywhere in that. but nevertheless, i will -- >> members of both sides should try to calm down, long way to go. as it my sushl custom, i would hope to call everybody who wants to ask a question. people don't need to chant from their seats when they can speak on their feet. the prime minister. >> thank you, mr. speaker. just on a few -- will comment on
the gentlemen made, talked about removing standards and lower standards in a number of areas. as i said in my statement, we will commit to maintaining high regulatory standards for the environment climate change and social and deployment and consumer protection. he said there was no plan in what i had said to ensure there was no hard border between northern ire lands and ireland. the very opposite. this plan delivers the commitment for no hard border between northern ireland and ireland. at the very beginning of his response, the honorable gentlemen thanked me more early sight of my statement. it's a pity he didn't bother to read it. >> can i also say, he says this is two years on, this is the right honorable gentlemen who said immediately after the referendum decision in 2016 we should have triggered article 50 immediately with no preparation
whatsoever. he talks about delivery, well, i might remind him we delivered the joint report in december. delivered the implementation plan in march and now stand ready to deliver on brexit for the british people with a negotiations that we're about to enter into. he talks when -- he talks about resignation. can i just remind him? three resignations from his front bench. i'll take into lectures from the right honorable ygentlemen. when it comes -- when it comes to delivering and comes to delivering on a strong economy on jobs for the future, the one party that would never deliver a strong economy is the labour party whose economic policies would read to a run on capital flight and loss of jobs for working people up and down this country.
>> sir eian duncan smith is the speaker. >> whatever else one's view of this particular plan my friend has been talking about, i urge her not to accept any single recommendations from the leader opposite. as nobody else in his party does. can i then however urge her to answer this particular question. as she lays plan in front of the european union commission and proceeds on negotiations, could she tell me whether she believes there would be any concessions offered to them or none? >> this is the plan we believe is going to deliver for the british people but do so in a way that gives a smooth and orderly brexit and ensures we can do all things we want to do in terms of trade policies around the rest of the world. when white paper is published on thursday, my right honorable
friend will see a number of areas such as in participation in certain agencies where we're proposing a way forward and negotiations on that way forward. this is the plan i believe both delivers on brexit for the british people but does so in a way that protects job and smooth and orderly brex it. >> thank you, mr. speaker, can i thank the -- share the remarks she's made regarding the commitment on this side of the chamber whether it's important to march national security. i should start by congratulating the departed cabinet secretary for leading the eu for the whole four hours he spent negotiating in brussels during his time and wish all the luck in his world to his replacement. he's going to need it. then there's the departing foreign secretary. mr. speaker, he should not have been allowed to resign should
have been sacked for being a national embarrassment. the prime minister's proposals at best represent a starting point, a cherry picking starting point. it is hard to believe that it's taken the prime minister two years to put together a proposal and two years to put together a proposal and two days for cabinet to fall apart. i believe majority in the house of commons for the single market and will the prime minister work with the rest of us to make sure that we can deliver on staying in the customs union and single market to deliver what is in best interest of all of our people. will she stop cow taling to her economic self-harm and loss of jobs? will she recognize that she now has to take on her extreme brexit eers and work in the
national interest of all nations of united kingdom. the prime minister's proposal has been kuled by one single official as the fudge of the century. the response of the negotiators has been to see if proposals are working and realistic. mr. speaker, i wouldn't hold my breath. in her telegraph piece, noted that the uk government prepares to prepare for a no deal. mr. speaker, that is simply outrageous. to put the economy and jobs in such peril is a complete failure of leadership. the absolute crisis which can serve the party over the last 17 hours is a national embarrassment. as closer to the cliff head scenario, we see a government in chaos, a prime minister struggling to meet her party never mind her government.
and seven resignations since the elections a year ago. the prime minister must see sense and accept the mounting evidence against the hard brexit. raise my opposition parties the business community and the devolved administrations, will she work with the rest of us to stay in the customs union and single market to protect jobs and ensure prosperity. >> the right honorable gentlemen commented on the preparations for no deal. it is entirely right and proper for this government to make preparations for every vulalty because we are going into negotiation and we step up our preparations for no deal to be sure we're able to deal with whatever comes out of the negotiations, the key question which the question asked and asked twice, would i work with people across this house to stay in the single market and customs union. the answer is an absolute unequivocal no. we are leaving the single market and leaving the customs union.
>> sir william cash. zblu zb zblu. >> how does my friend reconcile the statement with the recent repeal of the 1972 act under the withdrawal act and also with the including the european court of justice and with democratic self-government in this country? can i say we have indeed as he said in the withdraw act, the europe peeb communities act, we have also unsured we will take into uk law at the point we leave the european union such we see a smooth and orderly brex iibrexit. the european court of justice will not have jurisdiction over the united kingdom. and this parliament will make sovereign decisions make a
decision when the withdrawal and implementation bills are brought before this house as to whether this parliament is willing to accept the deal that is been negotiated and thereof, it will be up to this parliament to decide whether it agrees with any changes in rules or any laws that this parliament wants to pass. taking back control of our laws and that is what the people want and what we will do. >> esktsively killing off the trade agreement by agreeing to retain eu regulatory convergence, which of course the americans cannot accept. could i also echo the call she just heard to say now she's lost the support of her brexit fundamentalist and now is the time to have a national consensus, majority in the house who do support our retaining membership of the customs union
single market, the original common market, whatever name or label she wants to attach. >> can i say to the right honorable gentlemen, staying in the single market, staying in the customs union, we will not be staying in the single market and not be saying in the customs union. to do those would involve us keeping free market and that would not be keeping faith with the vote of the british people. there will be an end to free movement from the european union into this country as a result of us leaving the european union. >> thank you very much. >> mr. speaker, could i commend the prime minister for this plan. >> can i congratulate her on her leadership in -- >> here here. >> mr. speaker, the prime minister said she would listen to business and she clearly has listened to business.
however there are concerns that there are no details about the government's plan for services and what more detail can we expect to hear in the forthcoming white paper? >> can i say to my right honorable friend, there will be more detail in the forthcoming paper but the point about services is that for a variety of reasons, not least because this is an important sector for the united kingdom, we believe it is important to maintain more flexibility in how we're dealing with services. on the good side industrial goods side, businesses are very clear that they would continue to meet those eu rules regardless of the position the government took because they want to continue to export into the european union. on services we want to be free to ensure that we are able to put in place what we believe is necessary to maintain our key position in services not least on the financial services where the global financial center of the city of london needs to be maintained in the future and
we'll continue to do that. >> mr. hillary bend. >> thank you, mr. speaker, the prime minister welcomed the new secretary of state to his post. can i join her in doing so and say we look forward to seeing him appearing before the select committee very soon indeed. >> the government has indicated that the facilitated customs arrangement, even assuming the eu were to agree to it, a question about which there must be a great deal of doubt, would only be fully operational by the time the next general election in 2022. will the prime minister therefore now confirm to the house that in the light of that, the current transitional arrangement which expires in december of 2020 is inhe have itably going to have to be -- >> here. >> no.
>> the prime minister is right to reaffirm we are taking back control of our laws and money and borders and i fully support that. will she clear away the ambiguity in the checkers statement which provides we would give power and might pay money to trade and might accept their laws and have their migration policy? >> can i say to my right honorable friend, i'm sure he's red the checkers statement very carefully but it did not say that. we will be ending free movement as in any trade agreement which we would strike with any country around the world or with any group of countries around the world. there will be four provisions on mobility of investors and businesses but we will be able to set our own integration rules for people coming here from the european union. and we will be able to continue to set our own laws in the
future as regards the european court of justice and it is not the case that the european court of justice will have jurisdiction in the united kingdom. it will not. businesses here in the united king do kingdom will not take cases and matters here in the uk will be determined by the uk courts. >> the prime minister's plan is still a fudge on court of justice and customs facilitated partnership which nobody understands what it is. she's kept trying to up and downer to different parties. conservative party and today has shown it just isn't working. will she instead put a plan for negotiations to the whole house of commons for approval. when she's in such a mess, she cannot just keep standing there saying nothing has changed, nothing has changed. it has.
>>. >> i say to the right honorable lady, i didn't say nothing has changed. i said our position had evolved and we set out more details in our position and i believe that this is the position that is absolutely right for the united kingdom. this is the best brexit deal for britain that gives us delivery on brex it protects jobs and ensures we maintain our commitment to northern ireland in relation to the border and that we can have a smooth and orderly brexit. >> sir patrick mccould have lynn. the prime minister is not dealing with the theory of leaving the european union but dealing with the practice of leaving the european union. can she assure me the checkers agreement allows the situation to continue to see the united kingdom get more in with investment over the last 30 years than any year over both parties than we could possibly anticipated and that is good news for the future of the engineering industry in our country as well as all of those
other jobs so reliant on those tree. >> we have seen good figures for direct -- foreign direct investment in the uk and supporting jobs in the united kingdom. that will continue in the future. i believe the plan which i have set out with it's clear momentum for frictionless trade with the european union while giving us the freedom to strike trade deals will be one that is welcomed by businesses and investors and will see more jobs in the uk. >> nigel dobbs. >> thank y, you mr. speaker, it was referenced of course to the continuing obligation of the government to the back stop arrangement. can the prime minister make is very clear, i heard the clear statement about the deal as far as the union is concerned. can she make it very clear as far as the back stop is concerned she stands by her rejection of the eu's legal
interpretation and there will be no constitutional political regulatory differences between northern ireland and rest of the united kingdom in the back stop? >> i say to the right honorable gentlemen, as he's invited me to do, i'm happy to say i continue to reject the protocol proposal that the so-called back stop that was put forward by the european union by the european commission earlier in this year. the fact that that would have affectively carved northern ireland out away from the rest of the united kingdom and kept northern ireland in the customs union and most of the single market would have meant that -- that is completely unacceptable to the government to the united kingd kingdom. >> nikki morgan. >> delivering a referendum result will always involve a series of compromises and trade-offs to support the position that the prime minister achieved with the cabinet on friday at checkers which absolutely puts business and jobs at the heart of any brexit deal. that is in the national