In full: Theresa May’s Brexit statement as Cabinet backs agreement

  • In full: Theresa May’s Brexit statement as Cabinet backs agreement

In full: Theresa May’s Brexit statement as Cabinet backs agreement

"But what I would say to people in my constituency is that once we have control over our sovereignty we can begin to make changes".

May will give a statement to parliament on Thursday on the deal which she hopes will satisfy both Brexit voters and European Union supporters by ensuring close ties with the bloc after Britain leaves on March 29.

"If she decides to go against all of that, then there will be consequences", DUP leader Arlene Foster said, though she refrained from explicitly opposing the deal.

The EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, told journalists that the agreement was "a decisive, crucial step in concluding these negotiations".

It would "bind the hands of not only this but future governments in pursuing genuine free trade policies", she said.

The German chancellor said that a no-deal Brexit would be the "worst and most chaotic scenario" but clearly signalled her reluctance to yield more ground to the British side. "Or we can choose to unite and support the best deal that can be negotiated".

In parliament, Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labour Party, told May: "The government must now withdraw this half-baked deal".

The major blow came as the Prime Minister must try to convince her mutinous MPs and divided cabinet to back her Brexit vision during the biggest Commons speech of her life later.

But at least 10 ministers in the bruising five-hour meeting spoke out against her deal and the fallout from the discussions left at least one minister - Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey - on "resignation watch" with more that could follow.

Northern Ireland minister Shailesh Vara was the first to resign over Mrs May's agreement on Thursday morning, saying, it "leaves the United Kingdom in a halfway house with no time limit on when we will finally be a sovereign nation".

Assuming she survives the next 24 hours, an European Union summit has been pencilled in for 25 November to rubber stamp the agreement.

Labour said the Government was "falling apart before our eyes" and the pound dropped sharply after Mr Raab's resignation.

But the DUP has rejected the deal, saying its provisions to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and European Union member Ireland would impose new barriers between Northern Ireland and the rest of the U.K., weakening the bonds that hold the United Kingdom together.

"Now, when we're making progress and close to a deal he's complaining about that".

'Here is my letter to the PM explaining my reasons, and my enduring respect for her'.

"The British people have always been ahead of politicians on this issue, and it will be no good trying to pretend to them that this deal honours the result of the referendum when it is obvious to everyone that it doesn't", wrote Ms McVey.

There were already rumblings that while she claimed the Cabinet had collectively given its backing to her deal, many ministers had spoken out against it and were not entirely happy with the final text. "I could not look my constituents in the eye were I to do that".

Jo Johnson, the younger brother of Boris, who resigned as foreign secretary over Brexit in July, set the ball rolling last week after he resigned as transport minister over what he called Theresa May's "delusional" Brexit plans.

But the wider FTSE 100 was less heavily affected, with the pound's fall providing a boost to the sterling value of the top-flight's multinationals, whose earnings are largely in foreign currencies.

Amid the political turmoil, the pound plunged on currency markets, falling 1.7 percent to $1.27, its second biggest drop after it fell 1.73 percent against the USA dollar in September.

"The government", he added, "simply can not put to parliament this half-baked deal that both the Brexit Secretary and his predecessor have rejected".

The Prime Minister was rocked on Thursday after a series of high profile resignations within her own Government.

Making a statement on the withdrawal agreement, dubbed the Outline Political Declaration, at the heart of the intensifying rebellion, May said she respected the views of her Cabinet members who chose to resign but delivering Brexit involves hard choices.

Mr Raab added that he was opposed to "an indefinite backstop arrangement" to guarantee the Irish border remains free-flowing, saying the European Union would hold "a veto over our ability to exit".

Ms Soubry added: "No PM deserves to be so badly treated".

Earlier, May had endured a grueling appearance in the House of Commons as she sought to defend the deal agreed by her Cabinet just a day earlier.

Some in Britain, including lawmakers on both sides of the debate, have been calling for a second public vote on any deal that the U.K. Parliament approves. We can and must do better than this.

"I'm committed, as prime minister, to bringing the best deal back to the UK".