‘THE BREXIT talks are about acting in the national interest and that means making what I believe to be the right choices not the easy ones,’ PM May told Parliament in outlining her deal, which both Tory and Labour Remainers and Brexiteers have said they cannot support.
‘Once a final deal is agreed,’ May continued, ‘I will bring it to Parliament and I will ask MPs to consider the national interest and give it their backing. ‘Voting against a deal would take us all back to square one, it would mean more uncertainty, more division and a failure to deliver on the decision of the British people that we should leave the EU.
‘If we get behind a deal we can bring our country back together and seize the opportunities that lie ahead … ‘The choice is clear we can choose to leave with no deal, we could risk no Brexit at all or we can choose to unite the best deal which can be negotiated, this deal.’
Ex-Tory leader and Brexiteer Iain Duncan Smith said: ‘I have deep, deep misgivings after reading much of this agreement overnight and there is a real issue in the way in which we will be treated with the back stop. ‘I say to her that when you read this you realised that we are locking ourselves in to an arrangement from which we seem unable therefore to have the sovereign right to withdraw.’
He added: ‘We have the sovereign right when we want to leave the UN, we have the sovereign right when we want, to leave NATO, we have even the sovereign right, when we want to leave the EU, but we do not have the sovereign right to leave this arrangement.’
Nigel Dodds, DUP Westminster Leader: ‘£39 billion has just been spent for nothing. The choice is now clear, we stand up for the United Kingdom, all of the Kingdom, the integrity of the United Kingdom, or we vote to become a vassal state with the break up of the United Kingdom.’