Friday, December 14, 2018
Brexit negotiations continue ...
Today, the Prime Minister is continuing conversations in Brussels to address concerns about the backstop and to seek the legal and political assurances that Parliament needs.
· The Prime Minister has been visiting counterparts in other member states to discuss the concerns that Parliament has expressed. Today she will continue conversation with other European Leaders at the European Council in Brussels.
· The government has listened to people, and while there is broad support for many of the key aspects of the deal, there remains widespread concern around the backstop.
· The government is determined to do all we can to secure the reassurances MPs require, and there’s a shared determination to resolve this issue, to get this deal over the line and deliver for the British people.
The government is determined to get on with the job of delivering the Brexit that people voted for; bringing our country together again; and focusing on the other issues that matter to people at home.
· On delivering Brexit, the Prime Minster has listened to concerns about the backstop. That is why we have deferred the vote and why she has been out fighting for changes to address those concerns.
· Progress is not as fast as any of us would like, but there is progress. It is clear that the EU wants a deal and that they understand that they are going to have to provide the assurances – political and legal – which the House of Commons needs. It is going to take some time to deliver that, but that is what the government is working hard to achieve.
People who disagree need to be clear about the implications of other approaches:
· A second referendum to overturn the result of the first risks dividing the country again, when we should be striving to bring it back together.
· Remaining part of the Single Market and the Customs Union would require free movement, rule-taking across the economy, and ongoing financial contributions – none of which are compatible with the result of the referendum.
· Leaving without a deal would, in the short term, cause significant economic damage to parts of our country who can least afford to bear the burden