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PM under more pressure to quit at PMQ’s

by Mark Fitt Political Journalist
27th Mar 19 2:02 pm

During a rowdy Prime Ministers Questions Theresa May faced fresh calls to quit as warning came, she will never be trusted again over her handling of Brexit.

May said she could guarantee delivering the UK’s withdrawal from the EU “this week”, if MPs would support her deal, signalling May is possibly preparing for her third meaningful vote.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn asked May if she will either “listen and change course or go.” However, Stewart Hosie SNP MP simply asked May directly, when will you be resigning.

Brexiteer Andrew Bridgen, Conservative MP for North West Leicestershire, said his constituents “will never trust the PM again” should the UK fail to leave on 29 March, with or without a deal.

Bridgen told the Commons, At the last minute she begs our EU masters for an extension to Article 50, delaying our departure.

“They are good people, but they are not stupid, and they will never trust the Prime Minister again.”

Once again, the PM said she can still guarantee an EU withdrawal on Brexit, “if this week he and others in this House support the deal.”

Hosie had earlier said, “Brexit is already costing the UK around £1bn a week in lost growth.

“We know 80% plus of the UK public is unhappy with the way in which this has been handled, this is not the fault of Guy Verhofstadt, Michel Barnier, Donald Tusk, or any MP in this House voting according to their conscience.

“That fault lies with the Prime Minister who is the architect of the withdrawal deal, so can she finally concede to the House she is liable, responsible, culpable for the chaos which is the Brexit debacle, and when she will be resigning?”

Corbyn said the government is “chaotic and incompetent” and asked May to reveal her “plan B” ahead of the votes over the different Brexit options.

May’s response was, “The Government’s deal negotiated with the European Union delivers the benefits of a customs union while enabling us to have an independent free trade policy to negotiate free trade agreements in our interests and not rely on Brussels to negotiate them for us.”

Corbyn’s concluding remarks were, “This country is on hold while the Government is in complete paralysis.

“The vital issues facing our country – from the devastation of public services, to homelessness, to knife crime – have been neglected.

“The Prime Minister is failing to deliver Brexit because she can’t build a consensus, is unable to compromise and unable to reunite the country.

“Instead she is stoking further divisions, she’s unable to resolve the central issues facing Britain today and she is frankly unable to govern.

“The Prime Minister faces a very clear choice, the one endorsed by the country and many of her own party, either listen and change course or go. Which is it to be?”

May responded defending the government and said, “The biggest threat to our standing in the world, to our defence and to our economy is sitting on the Labour frontbench.”

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