May’s Last Hope for Brexit to Bring MPs Together

Speaking at Prime Minister’s Question Time, Theresa May said that she hopes that Parliament can “come together”, although many MPs hold different views over exactly which strategy to take over Brexit.

May said that the government is “listening carefully” to those who don’t agree with the current EU bill, following MPs rebelling against Downing Street and promising to oppose May’s bid to set the precise date of Brexit.

She said that although the UK is definitely leaving the EU, there was a “lively debate” with strong views being said on both sides of the House taking place.

She added, “We are listening carefully to those who wish to improve the bill, and I hope we can all come together to deliver on the decision that this country too.”

Several Tories mixed up in a newspaper attack, seeing them labelled ‘mutineers’ brushed off the criticism. Following this, the Prime Minister was asked to agree and defend that scrutinising legislation is part of an MPs job.

 

May was quick to defend her opponents, saying that, “there are strong views held on different sides of the argument about the European Union, on both sides of this House. What we are doing as a government is listening to the contributions that are being made, we are listening carefully to those who wish to improve the bill, and I hope we can all come together to deliver on the decision that the country took, that we should leave the European Union.”

Being a key part of the government’s strategy for leaving the EU, the EU Withdrawal Bill aims to stop EU law from applying in the UK and will avoid confusion on Brexit Day – 29th March 2019 – by putting all existing EU law onto the statue book.

However, there have been a number of suggestions by MPs to revise the way it is worded, and the government is only seeing a majority with the aid of the 10 Democratic Unionist MPs.

Speaking in the Commons for the first time since her resignation, Priti Patel stated that an MP’s job is to deliver on the referendum result in as practical and accountable way as possible.

She said: “There are members tabling amendments and rightly so but what I don’t think we should listen to, really, is those who simply do not have the confidence in this House, in our democracy and also in our country going forward along with the suggestion we are incapable of governing ourselves.”

 

You can see the full Prime Minister’s Questions below.

 

Emily Stephens

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