Theresa May insists her Brexit deal 'delivers for British people' as MPs begin five days of debate

Posted On: 
4th December 2018

Theresa May will today insist her Brexit deal "delivers for the British people" as she launches her bid to persuade MPs to back it.

Theresa May is facing a major defeat when MPs vote on her deal next week.
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The Prime Minister will kick off five days of debate on the withdrawal agreement she has agreed with Brussels ahead of next week's make-or-break meaningful vote.

Mrs May will tell MPs that the result of the 2016 EU referendum must be delivered and that only her deal does that while also being able to bring the country back together.

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However, in yet another blow for the Government, her opening address will be delayed as MPs debate and vote on claims that ministers are in contempt for failing to publish the full Brexit legal advice given to the Cabinet.

Opening the debate, the Prime Minister will say: "The referendum was a vote to bring our EU membership to an end and to create a new role for our country in the world.

"And to deliver on that vote, we need to deliver a Brexit that respects the decision of the British people. A Brexit that takes back control of our borders, laws and money.

"And a Brexit that sets ourselves on course for a better future outside the EU, as a globally trading nation, in charge of our own destiny and seizing the opportunities of trade with some of the fastest-growing and most dynamic economies across the world."

She will say that her deal will end free movement, end the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in the UK, create "an unprecedented economic relationship" with the EU, and remove Britain from the Common Fisheries Policy and Common Agricultural Policy.

"The British people want us to get on with a deal that honours the referendum and allows us to come together again as a country, whichever way we voted," she will say. 

"This is the deal that delivers for the British people."

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay will close today's debate on the deal. Tomorrow's debate will be on security and led by Home Secretary Sajid Javid, while Chancellor Philip Hammond will kick on Thursday's debate on what the deal means for the economy.

The Commons will vote on Mrs May's deal in a week's time, with dozens of Tory MPs already vowing to join forces with other parties to vote it down.