Theresa May: I will still be Prime Minister in two weeks’ time

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3rd December 2018

Theresa May has insisted she “will still have a job in two weeks’ time” as she fended off suggestions she could be forced out of office within days.

Theresa May appearing on ITV's This Morning
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The Prime Minister is under pressure ahead of the meaningful vote on her Brexit deal on 11 December, which could see a host of Tory backbenchers join the opposition in bringing it down.

Asked on ITV’s This Morning programme whether she would still be in post even if her plans are derailed, Mrs May said: “I will still have a job in two weeks’ time.”

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“And my job is making sure that we do what the public ask us to. We leave the EU but we do it in a way that’s good for them.”

Asked what the next step would be for the Government were it to be defeated, Mrs May said she was "focussed" on getting the legislation through.

"There’s going to be a lot of debate. There will be lots of quotes, there will be lots of things said about this in the next few days," she added.

"When it actually comes to it, it’s a key moment of decision for MPs about do we want to ensure we leave the European Union."

The PM is due to make a fresh plea for MPs to back her deal later today as she updates the Commons on the G20 summit she attended in Argentina last week.

Yesterday, Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer said a vote of confidence in the Government would be "inevitable" if her Brexit deal falls.

In her daytime TV slot, the Prime Minister also reiterated her hope that a head-to-head debate with Jeremy Corbyn would go ahead.

It comes amid a stand-off between Downing Street and the Labour Party on its format and what channel it would take place on.

“I’m keen to have a head-to-head with Jeremy Corbyn and I hope that this actually goes through, there’s discussions about exactly where it’s going to be,” she added.