"We can make Progress," Prime Minister sets out Brexit next steps
21 January 2019 (updated on 21 January 2019)
Following the Government's defeat in the 'meaningful vote' last week, Prime Minister Theresa May set out the Government's next steps for the Brexit process.
In her statement, the Prime Minister spoke of conversations since the loss of the 'meaningful vote' with the Leaders of other parties and back-benchers across the House of Commons. She criticised Jeremy Corbyn for refusing to participate and called on all MPs to work together to deliver Brexit.
The Prime Minister remained clear that she would not support a second referendum, and that she did not believe there was a majority in the House for one. She also refused to rule out a no-deal Brexit, stating that she remained committed to delivering a deal in advance of Article 50's expiration on March 29th 2019.
Concluding her statement, Mrs May said she had identified three key changes to which could secure Parliamentary support for a deal. She said firstly that her Government would be more “flexible, open and inclusive” in engaging Parliament in their negotiations with the EU. Secondly they would embed protections on worker rights and environment, and finally that they would work to ensure that the Norther Irish border issue is resolved in a way that both the EU and UK can support.
The Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn responded on behalf of his party. He said;
"There is a clear majority in this house to support a deal in principle and to respect the referendum result. But it requires the Prime Minister to face reality and accept her deal has been comprehensively defeated".
- Watch Parliament TV: statement on Government's next steps in the EU withdrawal process
- Read Commons Hansard: statement on Government's next steps in the EU withdrawal process
- Read Commons Library blog: A “meaningful vote” cast: What happened and what next?
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