[UK]–According to British Prime Minister, Theresa May, Parliament’s backing for the government’s Brexit bill will be a “defining moment for our whole country”.
May confirmed that her plans for formal negotiations by the end of March remained on track.
May’s statement to MPs during the European Council summit came after the House of Lords backed a European Union withdrawal bill.
This puts May’s Brexit plans in motion, giving her the power to tap into the provisions of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and begin formal negotiations.
While commenting on the Parliament’s decision to back her Brexit bill, the PM told MPs: “This will be a defining moment for our whole country as we begin to forge the new relationship with Europe and a new role for ourselves in the world”.
May said that Brexit would “work for the whole of the United Kingdom”.
“That’s why we have been working closely with the devolved administrations, including the Scottish government – listening to their proposals and recognising the many areas of common ground, such as protecting workers rights and our security from crime and terrorism.
“So this is not a moment to play politics and create uncertainty – it’s a moment to bring our country together, to honour the will of the British people and shape for them a better Britain.”
The SNP’s Westminster leader, Angus Robertson, asked May if she was ready “even at this late stage… to secure a comprehensive UK-wide approach” to leaving the EU “or do you still plan to plough on regardless, even though you know what the consequences of that will be?”
She warned that most people in Scotland do not want a second referendum, saying that “the most important single market for Scotland is the single market of the United Kingdom”.
However, Labour Party’s Jeremy Corbyn cautioned Prime Minisiter May, warning that there was “no doubt that if the wrong decisions are made, we’ll pay the price for decades to come”.
“Now more than ever we need an inclusive government that listens and acts accordingly,” he said, adding that “all the signs are that we have a complacent government”.
He urged Mrs. May to listen to the “collective wisdom” of Parliament, saying MPs deserved better than a “take it or leave it” decision on the final Brexit deal as he called for a “meaningful” vote.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg