Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May addresses the media during the G20 Leaders Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 1, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Theresa May said on Saturday she would be the Prime Minister to take Britain out of the European Union and that parliament should back her Brexit deal to ensure certainty for the future.
May sealed a deal with EU leaders last Sunday that would see Britain leave the bloc on March 29 with continued close ties, but the odds look stacked against her getting it approved by a deeply divided British parliament in a vote on Dec. 11.
The deal has been criticised by many of May’s Conservative MPs, both supporters of a cleaner break with the EU and those who want to keep closer ties. Opposition parties and a small Northern Irish party which props up May’s minority government have also said they plan to reject the deal.
Several of her ministers have resigned in protest at the deal, and some of her MPs have called for a confidence vote in her leadership, something some believe could happen if she loses the vote in parliament.
“There is a lot more for me still to do, not least delivering on Brexit and being the prime minister that does take the United Kingdom out of the European Union,” May told a news conference at the G20 Summit in Argentina, when asked what her legacy would be if she is forced to quit.
“I will be talking with Members of Parliament … and explaining why passing this deal in the vote that will take place in the House of Commons will take us to certainty for the future, and that failure to do that would only lead to uncertainty.”
May said that during a series of bilateral meetings with world leaders at the summit she had updated them on the Brexit deal and told them it would be a good deal for the global economy as well as international firms which have invested in Britain or that use European bases to supply the UK market.
“That this deal sets a path for the UK to a brighter future has been affirmed by the discussions I have had on trade over the past two days,” she said.
“Friends and partners have made clear that they are keen to sign and implement ambitious free trade agreements with us as soon as possible,” she added.
Additional reporting by Cassandra Garrison; editing by Stephen Addison