EU approves Brexit deal: If MPs reject then it will be ‘uncertainty’
Monday 26 November 2018 1:28 AM UTC
LONDON Nov 26: Theresa May has warned of “more division and uncertainty” if MPs reject her Brexit divorce deal approved by EU leaders in Brussels.
The prime minister vowed to campaign for the agreement with “all her heart” ahead of next month’s showdown at Westminster, where she faces stiff opposition from all sides.
Mrs May also echoed the warning of EU chiefs that it was “the only possible deal”, rebuffing MPs seeking to change the divorce settlement hammered out in Brussels.
She was speaking on a landmark day in the Belgian capital that saw the remaining 27 member states take less than 40 minutes to approve the deal, which had taken 18 months to negotiate.
Again appealing directly to the British public to rally behind the agreement, she said people were tired of disagreements over Brexit and wanted to move forward.
Confirming she would put it to a Commons vote before Christmas, Mrs May said: “It will be one of the most significant votes that parliament has held for many years.
“On it will depend whether we move forward together into a brighter future or open the door to yet more division and uncertainty.
“The British people don’t want to spend any more time arguing about Brexit. They want a good deal done that fulfils the vote and allows us to come together again as a country.
“I will take this deal back to the House of Commons, confident we have achieved the best deal available and full of optimism about the future of our country.
“In parliament and beyond it, I will make the case for this deal with all my heart and I look forward to that campaign.”
She added: “This is a deal that’s the result of what has been tough and difficult negotiations over a significant period of time and as has been said this is the deal that’s on the table, this is the best possible deal, it’s the only possible deal.”
However, she is facing a tough task in securing the backing of MPs, with more than 80 of her own backbenchers publicly stating they will join other political parties in opposing the deal.