As MPs prepare to return to Westminster following the Christmas recess, the Prime Minister has given her first TV interview of the new year. With the deadline for Brexit fast approaching, Theresa May again put the case for her Brexit deal, on which she postponed a crucial Commons vote in December. Andrew Marr asked her if this time, the vote would definitely be going ahead:
TM: Yes we are going to hold the vote… The debate will start next week and it will carry on until the following week, but we will be holding the vote.
AM: We’re talking about the 15th or 14th?
TM: That sort of timing, yes.
However, when Marr asked if she would invite the Commons to vote for her deal again if it was rejected first time round, May was non-committal. She told Marr that ‘the deal is on the table’, and that ‘if the deal is not voted on… then actually we’re going to be in unchartered territory’. Instead, she implored her Conservative colleagues not to ‘let the search for the perfect become the enemy of the good’, warning ‘the danger there is actually we end up with no Brexit at all’.
Theresa May – There should not be a second referendum
May also took the opportunity to reiterate her opposition to a second referendum, a prospect which has been rearing its head increasingly in the run-up to the Brexit deadline day on 29th March:
"In my view there should not be a second #Brexit referendum" – UK PM Theresa May says it would divide the country and it could not be held before March 29 https://t.co/oqrR38fGIw #marr pic.twitter.com/gk5nTSPsuZ
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) January 6, 2019
TM: It would divide our country… and practically actually you couldn’t get a referendum in time before the 29th of March.