British Prime Minister, Theresa May, announced that during the Brexit process she will have wide consultations both with the House of Commons and also with civil society in a bid to reach a common position which leads to U.K.’s exit from the European Union. She stated that following the Brexit vote defeat, she held talks with major politicians at the House of Commons and appealed to Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn to participate in the process.
May said her priority is to win the support of the majority in the House of Commons to strengthen her position in negotiations with the EU. She indicated three points to implement the people’s will.
“First we will be more flexible, open and inclusive in the future in how we engage parliament in our approach to negotiating, our future partnership with the EU, Second we will embed the strongest possible protections on workers rights and the environment, and third we will work to ensure how our commitment on no hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland can be delivered in a way that commands the support of this house and the European Union”, Theresa May said.
She expressed her disagreement on another referendum which, among others, will further divide the United Kingdom, while she believes there is no majority in the House of Commons in favour of a referendum.
Labour Opposition leader, Corbyn, stated that nothing has changed on the part of the Prime Minister, adding that the Labour Party is not against another referendum. “No more phony talks, parliament will debate and decide and this time I hope and expect the government to listen to this house.Thank you Mr Speaker, can I tell the right honorable gentleman, he says, no more phony talks. It would be nice to have some talks with him on this issue”.
Earlier, Nigel Farrage – who was leader of the UKIP during the Brexit campaign – announced that he will support the Brexit party. He said that if the UK’s exit from the EU does not materialized on the 29th March, he is ready to campaign again for Brexit, even if another referendum is held.
Nigel Farrage stated “if the worst comes to the worst and they force us into fighting a second referendum and let’s hope and party that it does not happen, it does not need to happen, we had the people’s vote already, but let us prepare, let us organise, and I urge all of you to help us in this great campaign, in fact the better organised they believe we are, the less likely they are to call that second referendum”.
In case the exit date is moved and the UK participates in May’s European Parliament elections, Farrage said he will again contest for an EP seat.