Theresa May today has addressed the House of Commons in a speech where she called for a “unique and ambitious economic partnership” with the EU after Brexit.
After a turbulent few days for the PM, namely the failed cue against her and a poor conference speech.
Mrs May told MPs that “progress will not always be smooth.” Highlighting the European parliament’s decision, voting in favour of a motion to allow the Brexit negotiation not to move to the next round.
But she insisted that she could “prove the doomsayers wrong”, and that Britain would be able to negotiate a deal that works for the UK and the EU.
She referred back to her Florence speech where she gave EU leaders certain assurances on payments and citizens’ rights.
She said that “the ball is in their court”. Which was received with cheers on her side of the house.
The leader of Labour Jeremy Corbin, criticized the PM and her negotiating team, arguing that “no real progress had been made,” in the last 15 months since the referendum.
He accused the government of “squabbling” and put the question to Mrs May “what on earth has the government been doing all this time?”
In Mrs May’s speech, she called for “leadership and flexibility” between the UK and the other 27 nations. Which would allow both sides to form a “new” deep and special partnership.
Mrs May ended her speech expressing her good will and said she would “look forward to the next stage “and she was optimistic the UK would “receive a positive response.”
The EU is set to vote later this week about when the next round of negotiations will take place.