Theresa May has told a press conference that she will ‘see through’ her Brexit plan, despite resignations from seven MPs on Thursday.
The prime minister held a press conference inside number 10 Downing Street this afternoon, where she addressed both the resignations and the coming Brexit negotiations.
Speaking a the conference May said that the British public “just want us to get on with it”, and that they want the Conservative party to deliver on Brexit.
Asked by one reporter whether she would stand firm in the face of a no-confidence vote, the PM responded:
“Leadership is about taking the right decisions not the easy ones,” adding “As prime minister, my job is to bring back a deal that delivers on the vote of the British people … Am I going to see this through? Yes.”
Responding to a question about the resignations of her MPs, May acknowledge that in the discussion the previous day there had been some “difficult and sometimes uncomfortable decisions”.
The prime minister added: “We can only secure it if we unite behind the agreement reached in cabinet yesterday. If we do not move forward with that agreement, nobody can know for sure the consequences that will follow. “It will be to take a path of deep and grave uncertainty when the British people just want us to get on with it. They are looking to the Conservative party to deliver.”
“It will be to take a path of deep and grave uncertainty when the British people just want us to get on with it. They are looking to the Conservative party to deliver.”
Both Brexit secretary Dominic Raab and Esther McVey resigned from Theresa May’s government this morning, sending the prime minister’s Brexit plans into chaos, and prompting staunch Brexiter Jacob Rees-Mogg to hand in a vote of no-confidence to the party chairman.
The divisions within her own party, and the defiance of the opposition parties in the Commons, will determine how far this withdrawal agreement makes it in parliament in the coming weeks.
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