Theresa May: Brexit delay will not “solve the situation”

Prime Minister Theresa May has said that a Brexit delay will not “solve the situation”, and has said, “the decision remains the same: the deal, no deal, or no Brexit”.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn accused May of having a “closed mind” over Brexit options, including Labour’s plan for a customs union with the EU. However, May blasted Corbyn for refusing to meet her and said he didn’t “have a clue” what his own policy meant.

Under current law, the UK will exit the EU on 29 March, whether or not a deal has been struck. The decision to leave was taken by 52% to 48% in a referendum in June 2016.

May and Corbyn clashed throughout Prime Minister’s Question Time as the Labour leader repeated his calls to rule out a no deal Brexit. May attacked Corbyn for refusing to take part in cross-party talks.

“The Right Honourable Gentleman has been willing to sit down with Hamas, Hezbollah and the IRA without preconditions, yet he won’t meet me to talk about Brexit.”

Corbyn responded by saying that “the door to her office may be open but the minds inside are completely closed”.

Next Tuesday MPs will get to vote on Theresa May’s way forward on Brexit, after rejecting her initial plan by a record-breaking 230 votes last Tuesday.

Mrs May is hoping to tweak the deal to address concerns about the Northern Irish “backstop” among her own backbenchers and Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party, which she relies on to keep her in power.

But MPs are attempting to take control of the Brexit process by tabling amendments to Mrs May’s plans.

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