The Prime Minister faced further questions on her draft agreement released last week setting out the UK withdrawal from the bloc. The showdown in the Commons comes as Mrs May has embarked in a two-week PR effort to persuade the country and Parliament of the goodness of the Brexit deal approved by the EU27 last Sunday. The agreement, which many eurosceptic MPs fear will lock the UK forever to EU’s regulations, is set to be voted by the Commons before the EU summit on December 13.
Its content will be further discussed after the PMQs by MPs, as the Government has published its economic analysis of the deal.
Earlier today Environment Secretary Michael Gove, a firm Brexiteer, voiced his worries over the impact leaving the European Union without a deal would have on food exporters.
However, with more than 90 Tory MPs said to be ready to vote down the deal in Parliament, the EU is not waiting for Mrs May to gather support but is already planning its response to a possible rejection.
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Theresa May is facing Jeremy Corbyn during today’s PMQs
Senior EU sources suggested leaders are unlikely to hold talks with Mrs May at the December summit if Parliament fails to support the draft withdrawal agreement when it votes to days earlier.
Instead, bloc’s leaders are likely to request Mrs May to head to Brussels on December 14 to allow the EU27 to make decisions alone over how far it would be in the EU’s interest to mitigate some of the worst impacts of the UK leaving the bloc without a deal, including the predicted chaos at ports.
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Theresa May was questioned over her Brexit agreement by MPs
12.37pm update: PMQs ended
PMQs has ended, MPs are now getting ready to discuss the analysis released by the Treasury on the impact Mrs May’s deal will have on the UK compared to a no-deal Brexit.
12.36pm update: People ‘don’t want chaos of Second Referendum’
Theresa May answered Sir Vince Cable’s question over the possibility to hold a second referendum.
Sir Vince also urged Mrs May to reassure the public won’t have a “chaotic no deal”.
Mrs May reminded Sir Vince Parliament will vote on her deal in December, and added: “There is a clear choice, backing that choice will provide certainty there won’t be a no deal Brexit.
“Failing to back that deal will lead to chaos and uncertainty of the future.”
12.35pm update: UK is standing by Gibraltar
Mrs May said: “The UK will contunue to stand by Gibraltar.”
When prompted to call for a second Brexit referendum, she said it won’t be possible to hold a second referendum before March 29″.
12.30pm updated: Deal has a ‘distinct Remain flavour’
Sir David Amess, Tory MP, attacked the agreement, saying “this house has been asked to vote on has a distinct Remain flavour”.
He added the deal “threatens the union” and has been largely worked out by unelected people.
Mrs May said the deal is good as it delivers no free movement, no ruling of the European Court of Justice and guarantees the UK will leave the EU.
She said: “I don’t quite share his analayis, this is a deal that does deliver on Brexit.”
Theresa May said her deal is the best possible deal for the UK
12.27pm update: Government worked with devolved administration
Voices of devolved administrations have been heard by the Government while Mrs May and her aides were drafting the deal, Mrs May said.
She added Scotland, which she will be visiting later today, has also been heard, including concerns and the fact that the majority of Scottish people voted to Remain.
12.24pm update: Iain Blackford: ‘Scotland voted to REMAIN’
The MP said: “People in Scotland voted to Remain, we voted for our rights to be respected – we are not prepared to give up our rights.
He added her deal will rob Scots of their rights as EU citizens.
Mrs May said employment rights is at a record high thanks to Tory policies.
She added Scottish people voted to remain in the UK in 2014, and sent 13 Tory MPs to Whitehall.
12.25pm update: Is a clean Brexit better than May’s deal?
MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan asked Mrs May to accept the country will be better off without a deal than with her deal.
Mrs May said: “If we reject this deal we go back to square one, to a damaging uncertainty, which leads to more division. Back to square one.”
12.23pm update: Iain Blackford pressures Theresa May on the impact of Brexit
Ian Blackford asked the Prime Minister whether she agrees her deal will leave people “poorer”.
She replied: “No, the analisys shows we will not be poorer.
“This is a strong economy which will continue to grow.
Mr Blackford added: “The Prime Minister wants to take us back to the days of Margaret Thatcher, the belief unemploument is a price worth paying.”
He then accuses her of making her own country poorer.
12.21pm update: May doesn’t ‘take lecture from Corbyn’
Mrs May said she is not going to take lectures from Mr Corbyn.
The Labour told her it is clear Parliament won’t back the deal.
He added: “Isn’t it time for May to make way for an alternative plan that will work for this country?”
Mr Corbyn also said: “The Government’s economic forecasts published today are actually meaningless because there’s no actual deal to model, just a 26-page wishlist.”
12.20pm update: Corbyn pushes for publication of legal implication of the deal
Mr Corbyn asked “why doesn’t the prime minister publish legal implication of deal?”
To which Mrs May said: “We have said and been clear the legal position will be published in a statement.”
Jeremy Corbyn said there Mrs May’s deal is ‘the worst deal’
12.16pm update: Theresa May said Government DOESN’T want backstop to happen
Mrs May said: “More people in work than ever before, fastest regular wage growth in decades, that good balance management of the economy by the Conservatives”.
Mr Corbyn said: “Why did Professor Alston say 14milion people are living in this country in poverty? All the prime minister committs to is that we will be working towards frictionless trade.
He than suggested she has caused “friction and less trade”.
He added: “What does the prime minister prefer – extending transition, falling into backstip with no exit?”
However, Mrs May insisted saying Governmetn doesn’t “want the backtop to be invoked in the first place.
“The EU cannot sign agree and sign the trade agreement until we have left the union.
“It takes hard work and a firm committment to work in the national interets and that’s what this government has.”
12.14pm update: Jeremy Corbyn says deal is ‘the worst’
Quoting “more than 200 CEO”, Mr Corbyn said the withdrawal agreement has been called the “worst of all”.
12.11pm update: Theresa May hits out at Corbyn
Defending her deal, she said: “This deal is the best deal for our jobs and our economy, which delivers on the results of the referendum.
Theresa May said her deal won’t make the UK poorer
12.08pm update: Corbyn accuses Mrs May there is “no model”
The Labour leader argues that Mrs May’s model is the best model just because is the only one currently made available by the Government.
He also said “there is no deal to model”.
He said the Government forecast highlights the fact that the impact of Brexit on the poor “is an afterthought”.
12.07pm update: Theresa May defends her deal from Jeremy Corbyn’s attack
Our deal is the best deal abailable as it allows to honour the referendum and get the best opportunities from Brexit.
We will be “better off” with this deal.
Mrs May said Mr Corbyn’s policies will instead cripple the UK.
Mrs May said: “Our deal is the best day available for jobs and our economy and allows us to honour the referendum
“It shows us that we will be better off with this deal.
12.05pm update: Fishing industry concerns
Mrs May defends her deal in relation to the fisheries and says it will assure the fishing communities will get a “fair share” of the waters and fish.
She adds the support for the deal has been recognised by the Scottish Fishing Association.
Sir Vince Cable asked the UK to assure there won’t be a no deal Brexit
12.03pm update: Infrastructures problem
The Prime Minister is facing criticism over the changed schedules and the delays that followed in the north.
She said the government is already working to implement the conditions for commuters, but acknowledged the situation was “unacceptable”.
12.01pm update: PMQs starts
Theresa May is now taking questions from MPs after having paid tributes to Baroness Trumpington, who passed away yesterday.
11.50am update: Government releases deal forecast
The Government has publish its economic analysis of the deal.
The document aims to show how the deal reached by Brussels and London is better for the UK than a no-deal scenario.
Accoring to the forecast, leaving the EU under Theresa May’s proposed Brexit deal could cut UK GDP by 3.9 percent over 15 years.
On the other hand, a no-deal outcome could deliver a 9.3 percent hit.
(Additional reporting by Rebecca Perring)