tv Your Questions to the PM BBC News November 23, 2018 8:30pm-9:00pm GMT
changes except towards southern parts of england with it looks a bit wetter in the south—east, this time drier in the south west. 12 showers further north, the best of the sunshine across the western side of the uk. and probably if anything sunday looks like it will be a little bit colder. hello this is bbc news with martine croxall. the headlines. theresa may has taken part in a phone—in here on the bbc news channel and radio 5 live, and says the draft brexit agreement is the right deal for britain. i believe that if we were to go back to the european union and say people didn't like that deal, can we have another one, i don't think they are going to come to us and say we will give you a better deal. police say knocking offenders off their mopeds is leading to a dramatic decrease in robberies. the united arab emirates is considering a pardon for the british academic matthew hedges, jailed for life for alleged spying. there's a warning that too many
people suffering a mental health crisis are not being given the help they need when they arrive at a&e now on bbc news, we can watch again the prime minister's special phone—in today here on the bbc news channel and radio 5 live. the prime minister was asked, among other things, if she'd stay in the leadership should parliament vote against her withdrawal agreement with the eu. mrs may was also questioned whether her deal was better than the one the uk currently has with the eu. here's that q—and—a session with the pm in full, in a special edition of ‘ask this.‘ hello, welcome to this special edition here on bbc radio five live and on bbc news channel. the prime minister, theresa may, is with me in the studio
to answer your calls, text messages and tweets. let me welcome the prime minister. it's very good to be with you this morning. it's black friday today, have you heard of any good deals? i haven't been to any shops, so i haven't been buying anything. but i have been in brussels negotiating, what i believe is a really good deal, the right dealfor the uk in terms of brexit. i think it delivers on what people voted for and brings an end to free movement, it brings an end to sending vast annual sums of money to the european union, brings an end to the european court having jurisdiction here in the uk. it delivers what people voted for and protectjobs. i think that is what people are looking for from this government. we will hear from the people very shortly, this morning we had one woman say she'd like to give you a hug, and another say she'd like to give you a shake. you have divided
people with this deal. first of all, i think, in a sense, there have been some really passionate arguments that people have had about this question of whether or not we should be in the european union. we saw that back in 2016. now is the point where, actually, the country needs to come together. let's get through this. for most people theyjust want us to get on with it. we don't want to get on with a bad deal though. i believe this is the right deal for the uk because it does deliver for people, it delivers an end to free movement and all the other things i'vejust mentioned. it protects jobs and security. most people want to see us being able to move beyond this, talk about the things that matter in day—to—day life, our hospitals, schools, and actually, what we can do in terms of the future, as a country. shall we get to the calls? i'm just putting my earpiece back in so i will be able to hear. we'll let you do that.
sarah, what would you like to ask the prime minister? do you think you'll get your brexit plan through parliament, if it is watered down, what is plan b? first of all, thank you for asking that question. that's what a lot of people have been focusing on, the question of parliament. in a sense, there are two conversations going on at the moment. in parliament there is a lot of focus on who will vote for the deal or not, and i think outside people are thinking, actually, let's make sure we can get this through and get on and delivering. myjob is to persuade people, i believe this is the right deal for the uk, myjob is to persuade the people in parliament you know, of that view. thejob of an mp is, when they come to look at voting for this deal, to say to themselves, does it deliver on what people voted for? i believe it does, and secondly, what do we need to focus on for our constituents,
for people up and down the country. people's jobs, people futures, the future of their children should be at the forefront of mp's minds. sarah, do you want to add to that? thank you for the response. i do actually hope it does get through parliament, i want there to be certainty in the country. i just think that all the other options, like no deal would cause chaos. thank you for your call. let me pick up on something sarah was driving at, something a lot of other people have just asked, if i may before we go back to the calls, what is the next step if we don't get it through? no deal or no brexit? there is a risk, first of all, myjob is to persuade people, there is a process in parliamentary terms that takes place, the government comes back with a statement. if this deal doesn't go through, what happens is we end up back at square one.
as sarah hasjust said, we end up with more uncertainty, and more division, frankly. i believe that if we were to go back to the european union and say, well, people didn't like that deal, can we have another one, we won't get... they won't come to us and give us a better deal. this is the deal that i think works for the uk. but there are people who don't understand, what is plan b. i'm working on making sure that we get this vote through in parliament. i think if we don't get the votes in parliament, what we will see is more division, and more uncertainty. there are people in parliament, on the other side, some who will argue for no deal, some who want to stop brexit and frustrate brexit. what i want to do is deliver brexit, with a good deal. my focus at the moment, all my focus, is on finalising the deal on sunday with the european council, and beyond
that, getting the vote through. but how can mps know how to vote if they don't but how can mps know how to vote if they don't know what plan b is? you have said this week, and your cabinet colleagues have said the same, it's no deal or no brexit, what is plan b? the focus of the government at this point is rightly on getting the deal through. and on saying to people, when you come to look, what mps need to focus on, is this the right deal for the uk? is it a deal that delivers what people voted for? i believe it does. yes, but what is plan b, no deal or no brexit? if you could just answer that. from my point of view there is no question, personally, of no brexit because the government needs to deliver what people voted for in 2016. as far as i'm concerned, the uk is leaving the eu on the 29th of march 2019.
people will have heard that there are voices in parliament that want to frustrate brexit and stop brexit. i have to paraphrase this, i have to get to someone who is being very patient, it's not no deal? i believe this is the right deal for the uk. but plan b? my difficultjob is to deliver brexit. hello, having ignored the public for over two years, how can we trust you now, that's what i'd like to know? i'm very sorry that you think we haven't been listening to the public over the last two years, i mean, what i have been... obviously, the first thing to listen to was the vote that took place in the referendum in 2016. i recognise that was a 52%, 48% vote in terms of leave versus remain, but parliament said to the public, we want you to make this choice,
and people chose to leave. i think it's right in terms of trust in politics that we do deliver on that. what i've been working to do is to deliver on that vote but in a way that does deliver a better future for everybody. it does recognise some of the concerns that people who were voting to remain had about our future. it protects jobs. heather? thank you. you answered that question, let's bring in brendan from hartlepool. what was your question? good afternoon, prime minister. it's been 39 billion quid that we are sending over to the eu, is that figure final, or can it go up, i read a report saying that if we go over the transition period, they might ask for another ten billion. is this 39 billion the total, and the other question is, how are we going to pay this?
will we pay in one go or over a few years, or, the reason for asking that one is, we don't know the deal we will get from them. how are we going to start negotiating after the 315t of march? if we pay the money over we haven't got anything to negotiate with, have we? two questions there. first of all, the 39 billion is agreed between us and the european commission, this was a negotiation about what we legally owe the eu when we leave. and you may have seen at the time we started the negotiations people were talking about 100 billion, we negotiated down to 39 billion. the question about whether or not it's anymore, the part of this, of course, the legal obligations we've got, but also, part of the money enables us to have the implementation or transition period, meaning that
isn't a cliff edge for business. it's about protecting jobs as we leave the eu. you asked about whether it would be paid in one go, and some of it is to be paid upfront, some of it is paid over a period of time. it isn't one lump sum of £39 billion paid to the european union. the other question was, if we extended that implementation period would the payment be more. the circumstances in which there have been discussions of extending that implementation period, is if we haven't got our future partnership with them, in place by december 2020. in that circumstance, we could extend the ip, we could go into the northern ireland backstop, to meet our commitment to the people of northern ireland, or we could have alternative arrangements. in the ip, they would ask for more financial contribution,
in the backstop there would be no financial contribution. are you satisfied? you still haven't said how much we would be paying, is it going to be paid over the next 30 years? i read that somewhere. i don't know. some of it is payment that is made more immediately, some of it is payment that relates to legal obligations which actually won't come, won't materialise until some years down the line. in relation to certain things like pension contributions, so, there is an actual, sort of, timetable approach of payments. some of those will materialise as i say in a few years‘ time. crucially, we will no longer be obliged, once we are outside, to send vast amounts of money every year and we will spend it on our own priorities like the nhs. several people have been
in touch to ask, again, if you don't get the deal through parliament, which people are worried about, lots of them want an end to this uncertainty. or maybe they like the deal they may have read all 500 pages. if you can't get it through, which no politician can, will you resign? no. i'm focused on ensuring that we get this deal through parliament. i believe that this is absolutely the right dealfor the uk. this isn't about me. but that has come in as well, people would like to know, it is in the public interest, what is next? i asked you what's next in terms of the deal, but in terms of leadership, people loathe uncertainty. you have staked your premiership on this, if it doesn't get through, this is the question only
you can answer. your other colleagues can't answer it, will you resign if a deal doesn't get through? as i am sitting here, i'm not thinking about me. i'm thinking about getting a deal that delivers for the people of this country. that's what drives me and is at the forefront of my mind. i am going to be focused over the next few weeks until the meaningful vote in parliament, at getting that vote through. i will. i will be around the country, i will be explaining the deal to people up and down the country. i think this is important. it's not just about the mps in westminster, it's about people across the country understanding what the deal is about. that's my focus. so no plans to resign? my focus is on getting this deal through. nigel, what would you like to say? good afternoon, prime minister. can i state firstly that i voted to remain. i think you possibly got the best
deal that you could have got, perhaps you should be asking questions to issue copies of the manifesto to your colleagues. when you are sat around david cameron's cabinet table and the idea of a referendum was raised, what advice did you give to the prime minister, and given the present predicament will he be receiving a christmas card this year? good question. david cameron will be receiving a christmas card. as will others that i worked with over the years. jacob rees mogg? all my conservative colleagues, i send christmas cards too. it's notjust any old christmas card, is one designed by a child in my constituency. i'm not sure if the bbc will allow me to mention the maidenhead advertiser. you just have. we run a competition through the local paper,
and they have been three winners this year, so the christmas card will be designed by a local child. with the question from nigel, what advice did you give david cameron around that cabinet table? i thought they were some key issues in the referendum, i thought immigration, and an end to free movement was one of the issues people were concerned about. i also spoke to, and when david was doing his negotiation prior to the referendum, i raised the importance of security and the cooperation we have with europe on matters to do with terrorism and criminals. of course, that's one of the elements we've got, people focus on trade relationships in the deal, but there is a section on security which is really important. it's about keeping cooperation going. woman to woman, very briefly if i may, are you sick of men resigning and leaving you to clear up the mess david cameron, borisjohnson, dominic raab made?
i'm sorry when they choose to resign. 0bviously they had strong opinions, and they did good work in their time in the cabinet. i'm disappointed when they feel it necessary to resign. but my focus is always on, what is the end point we are seeking to achieve, the right deal for people up and down the country. you go home and swear about it ever? look, it is up to people's choice. you talk about people resigning but i've had a huge number of messages, kind messages, from people who have sent me flowers. a 9—year—old baked me a cupcake with my face on it. was there a message with it? yes, it said that her dad said i'd had a tough week and she wanted to make me smile. she seems like she has! we've got a question here from shirley who has used the hashtag, we are keen to get
some tweets in. she asked why is the prime minister ignoring the will of scotland, we voted to remain? different parts of the country voted in different ways, wales voted to leave, scotland and northern ireland voted to stay in. 0bviously, different constituencies voted in different ways. my constituency voted remain and others voted leave. wejoined the european union as the united kingdom, and we will leave the european union as the united kingdom. that's why it's right to take the view that came from across the whole of the united kingdom, and that overall view was to leave the european union. another one has come in on twitter from matt, he also used the bbc news channel hashtag, he said, i've noticed no brexit has crept into the pm's vocabulary along with no deal. why has no brexit suddenly become one of her options?
it's not one of my options. it's one of the things i'm trying to point out to people, if you listen to the debates taking place in the house of commons there are mps who want to frustrate brexit and stop it. it's important that people know that. some people see it as a threat. no, for me, i'm clear we will be leaving march next year. i want to ensure that those people who try to frustrate what people voted far aren't able to do so. i want us to leave on a good deal for the uk, and that's what i believe we've got. obviously, i go back to brussels tomorrow for the european council on sunday, but crucially this brings an end to free movement, the european court's jurisdiction in the uk, gives us back control of our borders and laws and money, we won't be sending vast annual sums to the european union. but it enables us to do other things like come out of the common agriculture policy, fisheries policy, things that don't
work well for the uk. we will see what support you get in the commons, as we talked about, laura beth has got in touch, what's your question? good afternoon. ijust wanted to say, first of all, i fully support the brexit deal and think we need to get behind you and support you with that. i'd just like a little bit more information about what's being done to protect gibraltar's british sovereignty? thank you, laura beth. you may have seen that this has come up and become more of an issue in the last couple of days. we are very clear about the fact that when you negotiate for these matters in relation to leaving the european union and ourfuture, we do so on half of the whole of the uk family including gibraltar. we are very clear that our position on gibraltar and its sovereignty has not changed, and will not change. it is about the wish of the people of gibraltar. what we have done, actually, looking
at this phase of negotiations, the withdrawal agreement, the political declaration, is actually, we've been working with the government of gibraltar and the government of spain, to put into place measures that actually relate to gibraltar. we've worked very closely with gibraltar. 0ur position here in the uk, as the government on the sovereignty of gibraltar, has not changed. thank you very much for that question. let's bring in michael. hello, michael. hello. you're live to the prime minister, what is your question? good afternoon. we all know that you voted to remain in the eu, and you have now accepted the referendum result to leave, without any political waffle or convoluted answer, just between the two of us, what, in your honest opinion, is better for the uk, your deal, or the deal we would've had we'd stayed in the eu?
i honestly believe that i'm getting what is a good dealfor the uk. i recognise that they were aspects of being in the european union that caused people real concern, free movement was one of those. when i came out, and i gave a speech at the beginning of the referendum campaign, where i explained why i was voting remain, and actually, i wasn't one of those who said, if we leave the european union it will be really bad for the uk, i said, the sky won't fall in, it will be a different world for us outside the eu. it will be a good one. i believe we can really build on what we are doing, and one of those examples is the trade we can do, the trade partnerships of the rest of the world. i genuinely believe there is a bright future for this country and our best days are ahead of us. has the prime minister answered you question? no. i appreciate what she's saying, but i would still like to know
what you think, whether we would be better off if we'd stayed in the eu, or better off with your deal? i think we will be better off in a situation, which we will have outside the european union, where we have control of all those things and are able to trade with the rest of the world. i was one of those people who said that it wasn't going to be the case that outside the european union we were going to have the sort of problems other people said we would. it's different. you say are we better off, it's a different sort of environment, and a different approach that we will be taking two things. what will make us better off is not so much about whether we are in the eu or not, it's what we can do for the economy, what we can do for our prosperity. 0ur industrial strategies, ensuring we are at the leading edge of key technology developments,
such as autonomous vehicles, battery technology, artificial intelligence, these are the things that will make us better off, so it's less about whether we are in or out of the european union. we want a good trade relationship with the eu, the rest of the world, and it's what we do, ourfuture in our hands, that's what's important. can you say it's better than being in the eu? simple, yes or no. i think ijust did. the first thing is, it will be different. i believe we can build a better future outside the european union. let me get one more call in, sarah, you are through to the prime minister, what is your question? good afternoon. for what it's worth, i'm a remain myself, and i accept the situation we are in. this morning we were imagining that your day is pretty
hectic at the moment, so my question is, what time do you get to go to bed at the moment and do you sleep thinking about brexit? i don't go to sleep dreaming of brexit, i'll tell you that. last week i was in one of the infant schools in my constituency, and i was asked that question by one of the pupils, and i said i quite often don't get to bed until after midnight. i fear there are a lot of children who went home and said, mummy, can i stay up until midnight because the prime minister does. how will you celebrate with philip if you get this deal through? over the next few weeks i've got the first thing about getting the deal is on sunday, and then we will be getting the meaningful vote through. we will have a drink together. thank you very, very much. you've been watching a special edition of the emma barnett show, and thank you very much forjoining us. hello there, the weather pattern is
going to change significantly next week, but before that it's more of the same really, and this weekend it's going to stay on the cold side. we've still got an easterly breeze dragging ina we've still got an easterly breeze dragging in a lot of clouds without the biggest uncertainty comes in the distribution of the showers. we will ta ke distribution of the showers. we will take a look at that at the moment you can see we have a couple showers in the southwest of england. stay on the chilly side. fair bit of cloud overnight. still very misty and murky across england and wales, particularly over the hills. some heavy showers threatening the southwest once again, developing through the english channel. we've also got some showers coming into the northeast of scotland. those are the temperatures though, so generally quite a few degrees above freezing,
and not really falling very much from what we've seen today, because of all the cloud. cloudy skies, and a few more showers coming into the northeast of scotland up to the northern isles. a little bit dryer toward the southwest, maybe sing a little sunshine. 0n the whole, quite cloudy skies, though across northern ireland, as it will be in northern england where we got a few showers coming in off the north sea. still quite misty over the hills, wales, and perhaps even did into the midlands as well, and we got the showers coming in across the english channel, into southern coastal counties of england. it does mean if we do get sunshine it's more likely across western parts of scotland, and the northwest of england. temperatures are struggling to seven to 9 degrees. easterly breeze because we have high pressure to the uk, and lower pressure to the uk, and lower pressure to the south. that is where we see most of the showers. this system threatens to bring wet weather into the southeast of england. it's out across the other side of the channel, so does the dryer on sunday for the moment. it's abe dryer on sunday for the moment. it's a be dry in the southwest of england. not without one or two
showers further north mind you on that easterly breeze, and again it is quiet. we still got that weather pattern as we head into monday, but we looked out into the atlantic, this is where we start to see things changing. two big areas of low pressure and ganging up there, and it's the jet stream picking up pressure and ganging up there, and it's thejet stream picking up in strength up it will drive those low— pressure strength up it will drive those low—pressure systems are away, and that means the weather will turn much more unsettled, however it was more of a south is south—westerly winds and it should turn milder next week, however it will be windy. this is bbc world news today. i'm kasia madera, our top stories. selling her version of brexit, the british prime minister says there is no alternative deal if parliament fails to back her agreement. i believe that if we were to go back to the european union and say, "people didn't like that deal, can we have another one"? i don't think they are going to come to us and say, "we'll give you a better deal".