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PM’s speech on new Brexit deal: 21 May 2019

Prime Minister Theresa May delivered a speech about the new Brexit deal on 21 May 2019.

Transcript:

I became Prime Minister almost three years ago – immediately after the British people voted to leave the European Union. My aim was – and is – to deliver Brexit and help our country move beyond the division of the referendum and into a better future. A country that works for everyone. Where everyone has the chance to get on in life and to go as far as their own talent and hard work can take them. That is a goal that I believe can still unite our country.

I knew that delivering Brexit was not going to be simple or straightforward. The result in 2016 was decisive, but it was close. The challenge of taking Brexit from the simplicity of the choice on the ballot paper to the complexity of resetting the country’s relationship with 27 of its nearest neighbours was always going to be huge.

While it has proved even harder than I anticipated, I continue to believe that the best way to make a success of Brexit is to negotiate a good exit deal with the EU as the basis of a new deep and special partnership for the future. That was my pitch to be leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister. That is what I set out in my Lancaster House speech and that was what my Party’s election manifesto said in 2017. That is in essence what the Labour Party’s election manifesto stated too. And over 80% of the electorate backed parties which stood to deliver Brexit by leaving with a deal.

Government Talks with Labour Party Collapse

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As expected, after more than 6 weeks of talks between the Government and Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn has written to Theresa May to announce that talks have come to an end with no agreement between the parties.

I have written to Theresa May to say that talks on finding a compromise agreement for leaving the European Union have gone as far as they can. The Government’s growing weakness and instability means there cannot be confidence in its ability to deliver.

Technical update to the Withdrawal Agreement 12 April 2019

An exchange of letters between the EU Commission and the UK setting out and confirming technical updates to the Withdrawal Agreement reflecting the extension of Article 50.

(…and you thought that the EU was not going to change the Withdrawal Agreement !!)

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/technical-update-to-the-withdrawal-agreement

Also included is an updated copy of the Withdrawal Agreement reflecting these updates.


Letter from the European Union to the UK concerning the Withdrawal Agreement

(Local copy pdf)


Letter from the UK to the European Union concerning the Withdrawal Agreement

(Local copy pdf)


Updated Withdrawal Agreement including Article 50 extension

(Local copy pdf)

UK Formal Letter accepting the Article 50 Extension (11 April 2019)

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The UK formally accepts the extension to the Article 50 period following the EU Council meeting held on April 10 2019 in a letter from the UK’s Permanent Representative to the EU to the President of the European Council concerning Article 50 extension.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/confirmation-of-uk-government-agreement-to-extend-article-50

11 April 2019

His Excellency Donald Tusk
President of the European Council

I refer to the draft European Council Decision taken in agreement with the United Kingdom extending the period under Article 50(3) TEU, as attached to this letter. I am writing to confirm the agreement of the Government of the United Kingdom to the extension of the period under Article 50(3) and to this decision.

Tim Barrow

Confirmation Letter (copy)

Council Decision (copy)

PM statement to Parliament on EU Council: 11 April 2019

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Prime Minister Theresa May’s statement (11 April 2019) to the House of Commons on the European Council meeting in Brussels.

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-statement-on-european-council-11-april-2019

With permission, Mr Speaker, I would like to make a Statement on yesterday’s European Council.

But before I do, I am sure that the whole House will welcome the news this morning that the Metropolitan Police have arrested Julian Assange for breach of bail, after nearly seven years in the Ecuadorian Embassy. He has also been arrested in relation to an extradition request from the United States authorities. This is now a legal matter before the courts. My Right Honourable Friend the Home Secretary will make a Statement on this later, but I would like to thank the Metropolitan Police for carrying out their duties with great professionalism and to welcome the co-operation of the Ecuadorian government in bringing this matter to a resolution. Mr Speaker, this goes to show that in the United Kingdom, no one is above the law.

Turning to the Council, my priority is to deliver Brexit – and to do so in an orderly way that does not disrupt people’s lives. So I continue to believe we need to leave the European Union with a deal as soon as possible. And of course, this House has voted repeatedly to avoid a No Deal. Yet despite the efforts of Members on all sides, we have not so far been able to vote for a deal.

So ahead of the Council, I wrote to President Tusk to seek a short extension to the Article 50 period to 30th June.

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