#Brexit: Theresa May makes a statement to the House of Commons

| November 22, 2018

Following her meeting in Brussels with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, Theresa May gave a statement to the House of Commons on the withdrawal agreement with the European Union.

A 26-page political declaration was leaked earlier today. The document sets out the draft framework for the future EU-UK relationship and is set to be considered by EU leaders on Sunday.

The Prime Minister told the press shortly before her statement that she was,

“confident that on Sunday we will be able to agree a deal for the whole of the United Kingdom family including Gibraltar”.

Sunday 25 November marks the special EU Summit at which leaders of the EU-27 will vote on the deal reached during the course of negotiations.

May told the House,

“The negotiations are now at a critical moment and all our efforts must be focussed on working with our European partners to bring this process to a final conclusion in the interests of all our people.”

Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, said that the political declaration “represents the worst of all worlds” and described it as “testament to the Tories’ bungled negotiations”.

In a statement, outside Number 10, May said:

“Throughout these difficult and complex negotiations with the European Union I have had one goal in mind: to honour the vote of the British people and deliver a good Brexit deal.

Last week we achieved a decisive breakthrough when we agreed with the European Commission the terms for our smooth and orderly exit from the EU.

Alongside that withdrawal agreement we published an outline political declaration setting out the framework for our future relationship.

Last night in Brussels, I had a good, detailed discussion with President Juncker in which I set out what was needed in that political declaration to deliver for the United Kingdom.

We tasked our negotiating teams to continue working overnight and as a result, the text of that declaration has been agreed between the European Union and the United Kingdom.

I have just updated the Cabinet on progress and I will be making a statement to the House of Commons later this afternoon.

This is the right deal for the UK.

It delivers on the vote of the referendum. It brings back control of our borders, our money and our laws. And it does so while protecting jobs, protecting our security and protecting the integrity of the United Kingdom. The agreement we’ve reached is between the UK and the European Commission – it is now up to the 27 leaders of the other EU member states to examine this agreement in the days leading up to the special EU Council meeting on Sunday.

I will be speaking to my counterparts over that time, including meeting Chancellor Kurz of Austria here in Downing Street later today.

Last night I spoke to the Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, and I am confident that on Sunday we will be able to agree a deal that delivers for the whole UK family, including Gibraltar.

On Saturday I will return to Brussels for further meetings with President Juncker where we will discuss how to bring this process to a conclusion in the interest of all our people.

The British people want this to be settled. They want a good deal that sets us on course for a brighter future. That deal is within our grasp and I am determined to deliver it.”


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