Theresa May has said that the draft Brexit deal that was agreed to by Cabinet ministers on Thursday is the right deal for the UK. She said that the deal would provide border control, monetary controls and law controls.
May held a press conference outside Downing Street on Thursday where she said:
“I believe with every fibre of my being that the course I have set out is the right one for our country and all our people. From the very beginning, I have known what I wanted to deliver for the British people to honour their vote in the referendum. Full control of our borders, by bringing an end to the free movement of people – once and for all. Full control of our money, so we decide ourselves how to spend it on priorities like our NHS. Full control of our laws, by ending the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in the United Kingdom. Getting us out of the Common Agricultural Policy and Common Fisheries Policy for good. That is exactly what this agreement will deliver.”Full Quote
May also claims that the deal would protect the country from losing “hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs” and would “protect the close security co-operation that helps keep us safe”.
May admitted in her speech that she had to make “difficult and sometimes uncomfortable decisions”.
May also spoke about the Northern Ireland border issue, which had been the sticking point for Brexit negotiations for a long time. She said that the deal would ensure that there was no hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.
However, Northern Ireland minister Shailesh Vara resigned after the deal was announced and mentioned in his resignation letter to the Prime Minister “whilst I agree there should be no hard bored between Northern Ireland and Ireland, the economic and constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom must be respected”.
This Brexit deal has had a lot of opposition, and so far nine ministers have left office, of which five have resigned this month. Jacob Rees-Mogg has also submitted a letter of no-confidence in the Prime Minister after saying that “what my right honourable friend (May) says, and what my right honourable friend does no longer match”.
Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab also resigned following the release of the Brexit deal, and told Sky News, “I think we need to support this prime minister in getting Brexit over the line and making a success of Brexit. So I don’t want to be part of that sort of discussion or debate.”