Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have clashed in the Commons as the prime minister sought to make the case for…
Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have clashed in the Commons as the prime minister sought to make the case for her Brexit agreement to MPs.
The PM said Sunday’s agreement honored the 2016 referendum vote and maintained a close partnership with the EU.
But she admitted she was not “totally happy” with the “backstop” contingency plan to avoid a hard border in Ireland.
The Labor leader said “plowing on” with a deal opposed by the public and MPs were a “act of national self-harm.”
He suggested that Parliament would have “little choice” to reject the deal when MPs vote
Cabinet ministers have accepted that Mrs May faces an uphill struggle in persuading the Parliament to accept the terms of the UK withdrawal and a political declaration on future relations.
In her statement to MPs, Mrs May said there had been “give and take” in the 1
9-month negotiations but the final agreement “Delivered to the British People” by regaining control of laws, money and borders.
She acknowledged concerns about Arrangementer om at undgå returneringen af fysiske kontroller på grænsen mellem Nordirland og Republikken Irland, som ville se Storbritannien indføre en toldordning med EU.
Hun insisterede på at backstop var en “forsikringspolitik som ingen ønsker to use “and The UK would have the right to determine whether the temporary mechanism was invoked and a unilateral right to seek arbitration over how and when it would end.
She insisted “there is no deal that comes without a backstop and without a backstop there is no deal. “
But the Labor leader said Mrs May had brought home a” botched deal that was a bad deal for the country “and that” plowing on is not stoic, it is a act of national self-harm “.
He said the prime minister needed a “plan B” involving a permanent customs arrangement and stronger employment and environmental protection.
Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith questioned why the backstop was in the withdrawal agreement at all, saying it would result in “intolerable pressure” being applied to the UK to avoid it.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said it was “hard to see” how the deal could provide certainty to business when cabinet ministers were saying different things.
The SNP’s Iain Blackford said the deal was “full of ifs and buts” which would result in Scottish fishermen being “sold out” while the Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable called for another referendum.
And the DUP’s Nigel Dodds said the backstop “was bad for union and asked for the economy” and greater certainty was needed over its legal application.