tv British Prime Minister Theresa May on Latest Brexit Negotiations CSPAN December 18, 2018 4:18am-5:17am EST
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il in some of the world's leading work that the u.k. is doing in this field. left clear that after we the european union, the u.k. will work closely with our european partners to uphold the international rules-based system and keep all of our people safe. that is why it is right that her brexit deal includes the security partnership that has been agreed with the eu. i reflected the concerns of this house over the northern ireland backstop. i explained that the assurances were insufficient for this house and that we had to go further ensuring that we never want to use this backstop and if it is used, it must be a temporary arrangement. some of the resulting exchanges were rebuffed. i make no apology.
i make no apology for standing up for the interests of this and the interests of our whole united kingdom. 27 made cleare eu that it is there from determination to work speedily on a subsequent agreement that establishes by the 31st of december 2020 alternative arrangements so that the backstop will not need to be triggered. the house will forgive me, but i think this bears repeating. the backstop will not need to be triggered. underlined that it would apply temporarily. they said that in this event the eu would use its best endeavors to negotiate and conclude expeditiously a subsequent agreement that would replace the backstop and they gave a new
assurance in relation to the future partnership with the u.k. to make it even less likely that the backstop whatever be needed by stating that the eu stands ready to embark on preparations the withdrawaler agreement to ensure that withdrawal. mr. speaker, in this conclusions in the statement to the council and in the private meetings with me, my fellow eu leaders could not have been more clear. they did not want to use this backstop. the what to agree the best possible future relationship with us. there is no props to keep us in the backstop indeed, president macron said on friday quote, , e can clarify and reassure. the backstop is not our objective is not a durable solution and nobody is trying to lock the uk into the backstop. as former conclusions from european council, these commitments have legal status and should be welcomed. they go further than the eu is ever done previously in trying
to address the concerns of this house. and, of course, they fit on top of the commitments we have negotiated in relation to the backstop, including enjoying the customs aliment uk wide, foci to legally committed to using best endeavors to of our new relationship in place before the end of the documentation. , but it's a new relationship is a ready we can choose to extend the application. instead of the backstop coming into force, but if backstop tuscany we can use alternative arrangements, not just the future relationship to get out of it. that the treaty is clear the backstop it only ever be temporary and that there is an explicit termination clause. but, mr. speaker, i know that this house is still deeply uncomfortable at the backstop and understand that and i want to secure us to go further still in the reinsurance that we secure. discussions with my eu partners including presidents -- and
others has shown for the codification the council's conclusion is, in fact, possible. the discussions are continuing to explore further political and legal assurances. we are also looking closely at new ways of empowering the house of commons to ensure that any provisions for a backstop have a crack at legitimacy. [shouting] >> it is very irregular. the statement must be heard. there will be a full opportunity for exchanges but the statement by the prime minister must be heard and heard with -- the prime minister. >> to injure any provisions for backstop has democratic legitimacy and to enable house to place its own obligations on the government to ensure the backstop cannot be in place indefinitely. it is now only just before two weeks until uk leads the eu and i know many numbers -- [shouting] many members of this house a consumer need to take a position soon.
[shouting] >> my right honorable friend the leader of the house will set out business on thursday in the usual way. [shouting] but i can confirm today that we intend to return to the meaningful vote of debate in the week commencing seventh of january and hold the boat the following week. mr. speaker, mr. speaker, when we have the boat, when we have the boat, members will need to reflect carefully what is in the best interest of our country. i i know that there are a rangef very strongly held personal views on this issue across the house, and i respect all of them. but expressing our personal views is not what we are here to do. we asked the british people to take this decision. 472 current members of this
house voted for the referendum in june 2015, with just 32 voting against. british people responded by instructing as to leave the european union. similarly, similarly, 438 current members of this house voted to trigger article 50 to set the process of our departure in motion with only 85 of today's members voting against. now, we must honor our duty to finish the job. [shouting] i know, i know that it is not everyone's perfect deal. it is a compromise, but if we let the perfect be the enemy of the good, then we risk leaving the eu with no deal.
of course -- of course we have prepared for no deal and tomorrow the cabinet will be discussing the next phase in ensuring that we are ready for that scenario. but let us not -- job insecurity of the people we serve by turning our backs on an agreement with our neighbors that honors the referendum and provides for a smooth and orderly exit. avoiding no deal is only possible if we can reach an agreement, or if we -- [shouting] -- or if we abandon brexit entirely. [shouting] and as i said in the debate earlier this month, do not imagine that if we vote this down a different deal is going to miraculously appear. if you want proof, look at the conclusions of this council. as president juncker that it is the best deal possible and the only deal possible. and in the proposal, any proposal for the future relationship whether norway,
canada, or any other variety that has been mentioned would require agreement this withdrawal agreement. the lead of the opposition at some others are trying to bridge and they could do otherwise. this fiction. finally, let us not break faith with the british people by trying to stage another referendum. [shouting] another vote which would do irreparable damage to the integrity of our -- [shouting] because -- because speedy order. there are many members of the south including an illustrious chair of select committee who are heckling noisily -- mr. mcneil, you are a cheeky person but we plead more bikers and listening to the prime minister. the prime minister. >> thank you. another that which you do
irreparable damage to the integrity of our politics because it would say to millions who trust it into moxie that our democracy does not deliver. another boat which would likely lead as no further forward than the last, and another boat which would further decline our country as a very moment we be working to unite it. and let us not, let us not follow the leader of the opposition in thinking about what gives him the best chance of forcing the general election. for at this critical moment, at this critical moment in our history we should be thinking not about our hearts and interest but about the national interests. [shouting] let us find the way to come together and work together in the national interest to see this brexit through. mr. speaker, i will work tirelessly over these next few
weeks to fulfill my responsibility as prime minister to find a way forward. over the last two weeks i have met quite a number of colleagues and i'm happy to continue to do so on this important issue so we can fulfill our responsibilities to the british people. so together we can take back control of our -- [shouting] while protecting the jobs of security and integrity of our precious united kingdom so together we can move on to finalizing the future relationship with the european union and the trade deals with the rest of the world that can fuel are asperity for the years to come. so together we can get this brexit done and ship the national focus toward domestic priorities, investing in our schools and housing, tackling the injustices that so many still face and building a country that truly works for everyone. but these are the ways, these of the ways in which together this
house will have the best interest of the british people and document this statement to the house. [shouting] >> jeremy corbyn. [shouting] >> thank you, mr. speaker. i think the prime minister for advance copy of her statement. on ukraine as nato has said, we need both sides to show restraint and de-escalate with international law and hereto, including russia allowing unhindered access to ukraine's ports. mr. speaker, we face an unprecedented situation, that prime minister has led us into a national crisis. and if any more evidence was needed of why we face this great situation, the prime minister demonstrated in last weeks summit. there were some warm words drafted, and the prime minister even managed to negotiate those away to replace her work by preparing for no deal.
mr. speaker, the prime minister boasted i had a robust discussion with president juncker, but that cannot hide the cold reality that she achieved nothing. standing at the dispatch box last week, the prime minister said i have made some progress. mr. speaker, she has not made any progress at all. the prime minister said so herself whilst still in brussels and i quote, the eu is clear as m.o.i. that this is the deal. the european commission has been categorical. it will not be renegotiated. the eu council is given the clarification that where possible this stage so no for the meetings of the uk are foreseen. the deal is unchanged and not going to change. the house must get on with the boat and move on to consider the realistic alternatives. there can be -- there can be no
logical reason for this delay, except that in taking government to a new level, the prime minister no longer has the backing of her cabinet. the international trade secretary suggested that the prime minister's deal the longest the backing of the cabinet. it's worth quoting his words. and i quote, i think that it is very difficult to support the deal if we don't get changes to the backstop. i don't think it will get through. i'm not even sure if the cabinet will agree for it to be put to the house of commons. so we had the spectacle of the last few days with numerous cabinet members coming forward with their own alternatives. the international trade sector suggested that a two-year transition is to know deal as an option. the working pension sector says the government needs to try
something different and build a consensus in parliament. the attorney general is reported as saying he wants her gone, and for the deal to be renegotiated. while the international development secretary is allegedly with the dig to launch an alternative option. others are reportedly working on a second referendum but even if cabinet longer backs the deal,, then who knows what the options would be? so can the prime minister answer this, one, does her deal still have the confidence of the cabinet? number two, if cabinet collective responsibility still in operation? three, does it remain government policy to avoid a know deal outcome? mr. speaker, -- [laughing] -- and an expectable deal is on
the table. no amendment has been secured. renegotiations have been rebuffed, and not even near assurances have been offered. and the prime minister shoddy deal no longer even has the backing of the cabinet. the prime minister ran away from putting her deal before parliament, which even her own cabinet has doubts. and she herself admits parliament will not back it. so we are left edging ever closer to the 29th of march deadline without a deal and without even an agreed plant in cabinet to get a deal. the prime minister has run down the clock trying to maneuver parliament into a choice between two unacceptable outcomes, her deal or no deal. the country workers and businesses are increasingly anxious. even yesterday the cbi said
uncertainty is threatening firms and threatening jobs. not in the future but right now. the british chamber of commerce has said there is no time to waste. a responsible prime minister would for the good of this country put this deal before the house this week. this week so we could move on from this governments disastrous negotiation. this, mr. speaker, is a constitutional crisis, and the prime minister is the architect of it. she's leaving the most chaotic government in modern british history, even cabinet no longer functions. i prime minister whose authority has been lost, i cabinet, i cabinet disintegrating into cliques and factions and the conservative party so fundamentally split that it's
very existence is being discussed. it is clear, mr. speaker, the prime minister has failed to renegotiate her deal. failed to get any meaningful reassurances. there is no excuse for any more delay. this government -- [shouting] this government, mr. speaker, has already become the first government in british history to be held in contempt i parliamen parliament. based on a meaningful vote was pulled at the last minute and the prime minister now waited five weeks having achieved nothing, not a single word renegotiated, not a single reassurance day. this last week has embodied the failure, chaos and indecision at the heart of this government
shambolic handling of brexit. today they have been dragged kicking and screaming to announce a date to restart the debate. but mr. speaker, it is -- [shouting] >> mr. ellis, you are representative of the executive branch. the good, man. you could do so much better when you try. mr. jeremy corbyn. >> , mr. speaker, it is disgraceful that a month has been wasted since we were due to vote on the 11th of december. there can be no further attempts to dodge the accountability of government to this parliament, mr. speaker. [shouting] >> mr. speaker, the right honorable gentleman asked me three questions during that
response. does the deal still have the confidence of the cabinet? yes. does government take responsibility still defy? yes. does the cabinet what to avoid no deal? yes, , the cabinet wants to ense that we leave the european union with a good deal, and that is in this deal. the real indecision is indecision of the heart of the labour party that has no plan and no alternative. [shouting] and the national crisis is an opposition that is irresponsible that puts the party first four the british people. [shouting] [laughing] >> it is clear, mr. speaker, that not a deal which my right honorable friend has so assiduously negotiated is most unlikely to secure the support of this house of commons.
in these circumstances does she not think it would be wisest to seek an extension to article 50 -- [shouting] >> order. i think -- order. i think, don't stand near the chair and shut to collect the if you're going to do that, leave the chamber. we will manage perfectly adequate without you. mr. andrew mitchell. >> to seek an extension to article 50 rather than to leave with no deal. >> can i say to my right honorable friend that i don't think it's right to be seeking that extension of article 50. i think what we are -- parliament will be faced with is a decision to exit its responsibility to deliver on the referendum vote, to deliver brexit. believe this is a good deal. yes, we are seeking those further reassurances but i continue to believe we can leave with a good deal and this is it. >> mr. ian blackford.
>> thank you. thank you, mr. speaker. i think the prime minister for advanced state of have to ask what is the leadership, the phrase which is often used, the prime minister has reached rock-bottom russia still digging? mr. speaker, we have four setting dates and display displayed before the christmas recess. we are then left with a window -- to find its way forward out of the government, but it cannot be done. after two years of negotiations, the prime minister has designed at the deal that knows she cannot deliver. it doesn't have the support of this house. mr. speaker, it is time to call time on this government. it is a laughingstock companies and their workers do not know if were going to be crashing out of the european union in one month
time? which is over 100 days, 100 days to prepare for the risk of a new deal that most sensible folk would reject as being unacceptable. the prime minister is playing a game of brinksmanship. -- was clear when he said i have no mandate to organize any further negotiations. what more does the prime minister need to hear to know that her deal is dead? this is embarrassing. the prime minister -- [shouting] -- might be prepared, but the rest of us are not. parliament needs to take control of this situation and seek to find a solution that prevents -- it's the people of our country that we are talking about. today, prime minister tells us there are no other options. that is not the case. standing before parliament, another referendum on eu membership is an act of desperation from the prime
minister. she cannot get her own deal through this place, the prime minister once to silence. having taken parliament was, now the prime minister wants us to take the right of the people to vote away. their democratic right to change their mind. mr. speaker, i plead to the prime minister to put all options on the table. stop the isolation. we shout and speak with the opposition parties. we all have responsible to protect our citizens. it is time, prime minister to move beyond these politics. [shouting] it is time to operate in the interest of all our nation's. ask the prime minister to bring forward the meaningful vote on her deal before the christmas recess. there is no reason to delay. let us have that meaningful vote
this week. and lastly, will she do the right thing and meet with me and other opposition party leaders this week, collectively, this mr. speaker, as a true test of this government worker work. if we are to believe that we have partnership of equals, now today we must be heard. [shouting] >> first of all i'm happy to say to the right uncle jim if you want to come to talk about this issue happy to talk to them about it but we do have a fundamental difference of opinion that was revealed in the response of his party to what i said in my statement. i believe we should deliver leaving the eu for the british people. he believes we should stay in the you so that's a fun and the difference we have. he talked to put in charge of prosperity first. this deal does just that but it delivers on the referendum law protecting jobs and prosperity. he says he does want to leave with no difficulty way to ensure that you leave without having no deal is to support a deal.
and can i i just remind the rit honorable gentleman gently, the 56% of scots voted for perot brexit parties. >> the independent commission on referendum published earlier this year and recommended that any second referendum on the subject should be specified in the legislation enabling the first referendum so that the requirement for or possibility of a second referendum, and the reason for it is clear to the electorate before the first vote takes place. with the prime minister agree that no such provision was made and that calling for a second referendum at this stage is merely a ruse to try to reverse the results and not -- [shouting]
>> thank you, mr. speaker. can i say to my honorable friend that i'm grateful to her for pointing that out to the house. of course it is absolutely the case there was no suggestion was that the referent was put to the people in 2016 that there might be a second referendum. people were told, they were led to believe that that vote would be delivered by the government of the time such will adapt. i think that is certainly in our interest and the government to do to deliver on that vote and leave the european union. >> the prime minister may be aware that -- has been operating 66 to one against passing parliament even on the referent and even money under winning it, coded be that cabinet members who were known to prepare her referendum are not being disloyal to her but simply better at math? [laughing] >> i'm not sure the right honorable gentleman should spend too much time in betting softer
i'm not sure the liberal democrats are very good at all. >> sir william cash. >> thank you, mr. speaker. will the prime minister confirming, despite the european councils own so-called legal endorsement of the withdrawal agreement, which they say it is not open for renegotiation, that with respect to uk itself this agreement has not been initialed or signed by herself as prime minister and is only a draft being no more than the political agreement of which nothing is great until everything is agreed, including the backstop and, therefore, she can still walk away? >> i can certainly confirm to my friend that this is the deal that is been the cushion between the uk and the european union but it does have to go through certain processes in order to be ratified. part of that is ratification here in the united kingdom parliament and part of the
ratification of the european union, european parliament. of course it is those processes that lead to the final agreement and the withdrawal agreement. will the prime minister today tell us precisely what she's asking for to deliver on key concerns of legally binding and definite nature of the backstop with no right for this country to exit on its own terms. >> what i'm asking for to ensure we can deal with concerns that the right honorable gentlemen
and others have expressed about backstop will be indefinite. first to ensure bank stop is not triggered in the first place and the second to ensure that if it only temporary. >> thank you, mr. speaker. on thursday it will be 100 days until britain leaves the european union. at the moment we have no deal, no plan b. this is a constitutional crisis because this house is not being allowed to express its will on behalf of our communities who around the country are telling us that they reject this deal.
that's why mp's want to be able to vote against it. can i say to the prime minister that it's pointless criticizing other members in the house who are coming up with other solutions, whether a second referendum, whether canada or norway, we are trying to find a solution through political cul-de-sac in mess we find country in. it was clear back in the summer that the prime minister's deal was not going to succeed. she is now just listening, she's not allowing debate. this is totally unacceptable. would she agree to bring her vote before this house, before christmas so she can reflect on the outcome over christmas break. >> i say to my right honorable friend, she and i have difference of opinion in relation to the issue of second referendum. can i say to my right honorable
friend that i indicated when the vote will be brought back to the house. necessary for the usual channels for what the motion will be and how many dais of debate would be available for that. we are not trying to stop debate, what i am trying to do -- [shouting] >> what i am doing is recognizing and reflecting to the european union the concerns expressed here this this house and seeking ways in which we can ensure that members of this house have sufficient confidence that those particular concerns have been addressed. >> thank you very much, indeed, mr. speaker. the prime minister went to european council seeking legal assurances and returned with none and the next council meeting scheduled is in the third week of march.
now cabin ministers are openly speculating what will happen when the deal is defeated, what continue to protect that we might leave the european without an agreement when she knows better than anyone else how damaging and disastrous it would be and when she told the house just now that it would risk the jobs and security of the people. >> responded on this point previously, we do have -- this house has a responsibility and it will have a responsibility to come to a decision on this matter and to determine whether to leave the european union with a deal or -- or to leave without a deal or those in the house who will try to ensure that we actually stay in european union, i think that would be wrong. that's what people voted for and
the biggest exercise is democracy in history and we should be -- >> final steps of contingency planning are essential in case eu continue, can the prime minister confirm that all of those necessary actions are now being taken to see it through and short-term disruption including action to prepare extra checks at the border, legalization of schedule and cutting taxes for businesses. >> he's trying to keep me into budgetary decisions there which he will know would not be appropriate at this, but what i would say to him is we are making the plans for the contingency arrangements, as i said in my statement, the cabinet will be meeting tomorrow to discuss what further steps
need to be taken, we have stepped up preparations as my right honorable friend indeed was responsible for himself when he was brexit secretary, but further stepping up with no deal preparations has gone onto address exactly the sorts of issues that he's looking at such as here in uk. disruption will take place in no deal in short-term, we want to take every step we can to mitigate that. >> prime minister ruled out union, prime minister ruled out norway, ruled out canada, ruled out parliamentary votes, ruling out now extending article 50 and yet everyone knows she does not have support for her plan and she has no assurances from the eu that she asked for. if she carries on like this, she's the one that will take us over a no deal this christmas,
departments across the country will be spending billions of prowbdz -- pounds preparing for no deal. doesn't she have the responsibility to rule out no deal to say she will extend article 50 and have proper discussion in particularliment to -- parliament to work out a way forward. >> thank you to the honorable lady. one to have key issues was to bring end to free movement which some suggestions would not allow to happen. actually we are trying to reflect the views that took place during that vote and decision to decision if we go forward or not is a decision
parliament will take. >> if we are to avoid without a deal which we must avoid, it must not be critical does she not agree that we build a consensus in this house and forge a compromise that delivers brexit while protecting british jobs and interest? >> i agree with my right honorable friend. i believe should to ensure that we do vote and do it in a way that protects jobs and prosperity for people up and down the country. that's exactly what we are working for and everybody considers that when looking at whether or not we should support this deal. i believe we should because it does what my right honorable
friend suggested. >> let me tell the prime minister what is irresponsible. delaying a vote on her agreement, not because she will get changes to it, because she wants to run down the clock and try to intimidate and to avoid no deal. isn't the reality that this isn't acting in the the national interest but personal interest and neither her party nor the country will forgive her for it. >> can i say to the honorable lady, what i believe would not have been right would have been for me not to listen to concerns expressed in the house. i did listen to those concerns and i'm working in discussions to working with the european union in relation to how we address those concerns and then it will be for parliament to decide but that will be at that point parliament members of the house will have a responsibility
to determine whether or not the decision they come to will be about whether or not to deliver on vote on referendum to protect jobs and security. >> given that the prime minister have listened and is still trying to improve the deal, would the deal not be more palatable if the timetable for starting on and agreeing the terms of future trade was firm and as legally binding as the timetable for paying over all the billions. >> my right honorable friend makes a very important point. we have achieved obviously from the conclusions progressed in relation to eu's comoitment to starting the next phase of negotiation, my honorable friend who raised an issue which is important to get confirmation and certainty, he refers to
legal certainty as to when negotiations can start and when it is the determination of both parties to ensure negotiations end. we want the trade deal in place and i want it in place by december 2020. >> neil gray. >> thank you very much, mr. speaker. she said for two years that no deal is better than a bad deal, of course, now, we know why, we know why her deal is disaster and never pass this house. as she desperately tries to let the clock tick down, will her deal be punished? >> i'm happy to and remain that no deal is better than a bad deal but i believe this is a good deal. >> john edwards. >> published the schedule for exit, would that include zero tariffs on all components to provide yet another great boost to britain as big manufacturing?
>> i say to my right honorable friend that these issues are ones that would have to be addressed in relation to no deal scenario. we are continuing to discuss as government the plan that is we need to put in place to deal with the possibility of no deal in order to mitigate disruption that is would occur in no deal situation and obviously we will be looking closely at schedule. >> ben bradshaw. >> how much would it cost nhs and thousands of businesses up and down the country is they are forced to no deal contingency plans. >> any government in this situation would do to assure that those contingency arrangements are in place until
we know the outcome, whether we are leaving with the deal or no deal. we need to make those contingency arrangements. >> after tomorrow's no cabinet deal where no deal will be high in agenda, give statement this week and then every week until we leave the eu so that we know what's happening so the country can be reassured, businesses and individuals, that is vital, they are happening and this house needs to know what is happening. >> i think -- can i say to my right honorable friend that she's raising the important points information being available to this house and to members of this house on the planning that's taking place, of course, there are a number of ways in which that is expressed to the house, responds to issues
on that, and, of course, these are matters which have been addressed in debates within this house but i understand the point you're making about wanting to ensure that members of the house are aware of arrangements put in place. >> the house doesn't need more time to debate but to vote on various options before it. might she not therefore agree that we vote as soon as possible on the amendments the speaker will choose of those tables and if she's unwilling to do that, might your position party think they can use their time, they have debate on the floor of the house to actually make that, bring forward that vote and if members actually agree with this line of action, might they sign the motions on the order paper in line 9? >> i thank the right honorable gentleman for his question.
the intention is to have proper debate and the matter put before the house will depend on the further discussions that have taken place with the european union and as we've always said any motion on the issue is, of course, amendable by members of the house. >> the united kingdom doesn't want the book -- backstop, what on earth is stopping the european union giving us a legal guaranty that such a backstop would only last a very short time. >> can i say to my right honorable friend, it's exactly the legal assurances that we are looking at in relation to this. there's been very clear statements from the european, those reiterated after the -- not only in the council through after council conclusions as well, the best way to stop the
backstop coming into place is to have firm date for introducing future relationship, that is currently the intentions, december 2020 and we will continuing to discuss what further assurances we can get to this point. >> when precisely will the prime minister be procuring miracle from the european union that she will come back on backstop and before the seventh of january, if she does come back with that, will the house be debating it on fresh government motion and in terms of her commitment to come back on the seventh of january to start the debate, is that a promise? >> thank you to the right honorable gentleman. the business nature and the way debate is to be dealt with by this house will be discussed with the -- through the usual channels. i said we would be starting the debate in the first week with
the vote in the following week. the right honorable gentleman asked me about the timetable, discussions are continuing with the europe and union and i expect those to continue into the new year. >> speaker, here is what would do irreprovable damage, to run down the clock and forcing through a deal which 48% didn't want because they want to leave the european union but also the majority of those who voted for brexit don't want. the mathematics of this don't stack up. the majority in this house and in the country doesn't want this deal, can i ask the prime minister to get on with it so we can actually vote on this and look at practical alternatives. >> thank you to my honorable friend, as i indicated in my statement we will bring the
second vote back in january, third week of january. i think it is important and i said earlier that i suspect honorable members had i not listened to the house and been starting to work to try and get those further assurances from members of this house, then that would have been an issue that people would have raised. it is right that i and the government are doing exactly what we said we would for legal assurances. >> speaker we now know what the plan is, having failed to win support for deal in parliament and having failed to get my meaningful change to it at the european council last week, the prime minister now simply wants to run down the clock and intimidate parliament into choosing between a bad deal and the disaster of no deal. it is wrong to threaten and intimidate parliament in this
way. what more importantly it is reckless to take options off the table as she has tried to do today that could prevent disaster of no deal for the country. >> thank you to the right honorable gentleman. whatever the point at which this house face vote, it would be a decision for members of this house as to whether to accept the deal or to whether to -- some would prefer to see an action taken so that we don't leave the european union, i think that would be wrong, what i believe is right is we deliver on the referendum and the question will be for members of this house as to whether they accept that responsibility to come to a decision at the moment, lots of ideas around the house about what should happen, no alternatives that -- no alternatives that deliver on the referendum, that deliver on the referendum in a way that protects jobs, that's what the
deal does, bear the responsibility that they have. >> the prime minister will be aware that those who have large manufacturing companies in our contingencies who integrated manufacturing, short supply line are getting onto people like me saying, it's very urgent that we have a deal. now, when she's negotiating and discussing in europe with people , does she have the feeling that there's urgent need to get a deal and they are prepared to listen to what she has because i must say when i saw him looking relaxing i felt that wasn't really putting the thought that she has. >> can i say to my right honorable friend, i think clear message that comes back from european commission, from eu
leaders is they do want deal and have negotiated deal. there's further assurances i'm working to achieve and it has been made clear that further discussions can, indeed, take place. >> the prime minister knows that no better deal will be found in europe and no majority will be found in westminster, she also knows no deal is disastrous. she delayed the votes because she knew her deal failed to get support she needed. will she confirm that she upholds the power to seek extension for article fixing? >> well, first of all the government holds power to seek an extension to article 50. would have to be agreed with the european union. i have been clear, i have been clear that what i believe is the right course of action having
triggered article 50, undertaken negotiations, ensure we leave european timetable on the time we set out. >> thank you very much, indeed, mr. speaker. prime minister in her statement talked about empowering this house but the trouble is she's asking this house to accept a deferral for several weeks, meaningful vote on agreement on the basis of further assurances can be agreed with the european union but there's nothing in what she has said today what's being reported in eu council, those further assurances are likely to be given and i say to somebody that is going to vote for her draft agreement on the basis that she has set out the businesses need certainty and the country needs reassurance. i honestly do not think businesses and employers and contingents that house will be
on holiday for 2 weeks. >> thank you to right honorable friend. what i believe is right what the government is doing having heard concerns that have been expressed by members of this house, what the government is doing is taking those concerns to the european union, yes, we have statements from eu with legal in council than we have before but we are seeking more assurances, i think that's the right thing to do. that can be debated properly by this house and the vote taken. >> thank you, mr. speaker. last thursday attorney general told the house that he was reviewing whether article 50 can be revoked by a simple vote of this house or by legislation. this thursday the scottish keys have been referred back to court of justice to look at this issue, can the prime minister
confirm for us that the government's position on how article 50 could be revoked whether legislation or vote of this house is required will be set out to the court on thursday can i say to the honorable lady that i will look into that issue and get back to her in specific of the issues in terms the steps government the taking in relation to court in edinburgh. all members of this house of article 50 is something that government said it will not do because revoking article 50 means staying in the european union. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i was one of the members who would and will support the prime minister still. i have to say prime minister that what's coming back to me from business, from industry, from the city is that we are now
hemorrhaging support and investment on a daily basis and it's getting worse, please do think again in holding this vote, holding stand-alone resolutions, we can take a view and move on. >> thank you, honorable friend. i understand the concern that he's expressing in relation to business, business wants certainty, business wants the deal, and i think they still are taking that -- taking that approach. he referred to -- what is being referred to as indicative, no plans for indicative vote. i have no plans for indicative vote. can i say to my honorable friend and to all members of this house that actually what is necessary is for the house to reflect on what members want in terms of their responsibility, in terms
of their responsibility to -- in terms of their responsibility to come to a decision on this matter and at the moment as i have indicated earlier a number of views around the house, some stay in eu, some go to second referendum, some support new deal, and some would support looking at other arrangements. all of those arrangements, any of those arrangements would require withdrawal agreement because they would require us to make clear the basis of which we are ignoring from the european union. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the prime minister last week, many people in this house would take issue with the word meaningful. nothing meaningful about the vote which forces members of the house which chooses her deal and no deal. when is the prime minister going to start listening and building
consensus with members across the house to get us out of this mess? >> thank you, honorable lady. it will always be the case whenever the vote came before this house that people would -- members of the house would have a decision as to whether to support the deal as being negotiated with the european union or not with the consequences of failure toward that deal would bring and that is the same whenever that vote is taken. >> and dr. jillian. >> does the prime minister recall telling the house on the third of december that the 3 to 4 billion-pound set aside in the budget for contingency no deal planning was about to be allocated in the next few days to relevant departments, has that allocation been made and is the money now available for essential contingency planning? >> yes, i do recall saying that. i say to my honorable friend that 1819 financial year allocation are in place and
money is being spent, i think what he was referring to and i was referring 1920 allocation, negotiations are well advanced and a number of departments have settled and we expect to be in position to confirm all of those >> new labour party leader jeremy corbyn went on to ask for a no-confidence vote against prime minister theresa may after his request for an earlier vote on the brexit deal was denied. in a tweet, he explained it was unacceptable for the country to wait another month before parliament has a chance to vote on theresa may's watched deal. -- botched deal. ireland's ambassador to the u.s. recently joined several civil rights activists to discuss brexit and how it will impact the current civil rights movement in northern ireland. this was at georgetown university. it is 20 minutes.