tv Theresa May Tells Parliament Theres No Turning Back from Brexit CSPAN March 29, 2017 7:13pm-8:00pm EDT
agriculture. >> will go inside the chico museum to see the historic chinese altar from the 1880 chico chinese temple. watch c-span cities tour of chico california on book tv. sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. on american history tv, on c-span three. working with our cable affiliates and visiting cities across the country. >> the european union's top official has received a letter from britain starting the country's exit from the e.u. european council president tweeted that after nine months the u.k. has delivered, referring to britain's june 23 brexit to vote. today's letter formally triggers two years of talk before britain actually leaves. this one, british prime minister, tresa may answer questions.ion. >> statements, the prime
minister. >> thank you mr. speaker. today the government acts on the democratic will of the britishsh people. it is act ii on the clear and convincing position of this house. a few minutes ago in brussels, the united kingdom's permanent representative from the e.u. handed the letter to the president of the european council on my behalf confirmingi the government's decision to invoke article 50 on the treaty of the european union. the article 50 process is now underway. in accordance with the wishes of the british people, the united kingdom is leaving the european union. this is an historic moment for which they can be no turning back. britain is leaving the europeank union. we are going to make our own decisions and our own laws.
were going to take control of the things that matter the most. we will take this opportunity to build a stronger, fairer version, country our children and grandchildren are proud to that call home that is our ambition and our opportunity. that is what this government is determined to do. mr. speaker, at moments like these, great turning point in our national story, the choices we make and define the character of our nation. we can choose to say the path ahead is too great. we can choose to turn our face to the passively began be done. or, we can look forward with optimism and hope, and toe endu believe it in the enduring power of the british spirit. i choose to believe in britain and that our best days lie ahead.
i do so because i'm confident that we have provisions and plans to use this moment to build a better britain. for leaving the european union presents us with a unique opportunity.y. this generations a chance to shape a better future for ourn'h country. a chance to step back and ask yourself what kind of country we want to be. my answer is clear. i want the united kingdom to emerge from this change stronger, fairer, more united, and more outward looking thanor ever before. i want us to be a secure, prosperous, tolerant country. a magnet for international talents and home to the pioneers, innovators that will shape the world ahead. i want us to be a truly global britain. the best friend and neighbor to our european partners, for a country that reaches beyond the borders of europe. >> i don't mean to interrupt, p
but what you translate today even the statesmanlike fashion, that's your long-term goal. it should be a goal. and what i say about that is this. you can study the record, i will want all colleagues to have a chance to question the prime minister. but this is a very important statement. i think it is reasonable to expect the prime minister gets a hearing and every other college to get a courteous hearing. >> i want us to be a truly global britain. the best friends and neighbors our european partners. a country that reaches beyond the border of europe too. a country that goes out into the world to build relationships with old friends and new allies, like. that is why i have sent out a clear and ambitious plan for negotiations for ahead. it's a plan for new and special partnership between britain and the european union. a partnership of valleys,
partnership of interest, ase partnership based on cooperation and security and economic affairs.orks in a partnership that works in the best interest of the united kingdom, the european union, and the wider world. perhaps now more than ever, the world needs the liberal democratic values of your. -- europe. [inaudible] [inaudible] more than ever the world needs the democratic values of europe,
values the united kingdom share. that is why while we are leaving the institution as of the european union, we are not leaving europe. we will remain a close friend and ally. we will be a committed partner, we'll play our part that europe is able to projectcor, its valud defend itself from security threats. we will do all i can to help the european union prosper and succeed. so, mr. speaker in the message being delivered today for which i have placed in the library of the house, i have been clear with a special partnership we seek is in the best interest of the united kingdom and the european union. i have been clear that we will work constructively in the spirit of sincere cooperation to bring this partnership into being. i have been clear that we should seek to agree to the terms of this future partnership alongside of our withdrawalre within the next two years. i am ambitious for britain. the objectives i set out through the negotiations today, we will
deliver certainty wherever possible so that business, the public sector and everybody else has as much clarity as we can provide as we move through the process. it is why tomorrow we will publish away paper with our plans so that everyone will know where they stand. it is why i have been clear that the government will put the final agreement to both houses t of parliament before comes into full. we will take control of our own laws and get into the jurisdiction of the european court of justice in britain. leaving european union will me that our loss will be made in westminster and other places. those laws will be interpretednn by judges not in luxembourg, but in courts across this country. we will strengthen the union oft the four nations.
we will negotiate as one united kingdom, taking into account the specific interests of every nation and region of the u.k. when it comes to the powers that we will take back from europe we'll consult fully in which power should reside in westminster and what should be passed on to the administrationa mr. speaker, no decisions taken will be removed from them. it is the expectation of thehemn government that the administrations in scotland, wales, northern ireland will see a significant increase in their decision-making power at the result of this process. we want to maintain the common travel area with the republic of ireland, there should be no return to the borders. we will control immigration so we continue to attract the brightest and the best but manage the process properly so our immigration system serves the national interest. we seek to guarantee the rights of the e.u. citizens already
living in britain.that is se the lives of british nationals and other nationstates as early as we can. it is set out clearly in the letter as an early priority for the talks ahead.ected an we will ensure workers rights are fully protected and maintained. and he, under my leadership not only will the government protect the rights of workers, we will build on t them. we will have a bold and ambitious trade agreement with the european union. which allows for the possible trading goods and services between britain and the e.u. member states. it will give companies the maximum freedom to trade with european markets unless european businesses do the same in britain. your p leaders have said many times that we cannot cherry pick and remain members of the single market without upsetting the four freedoms of are indivisible. we respect that position. and excepting those freedoms is
incompatible of the democratic express of the british people, we will no longer be members of the single market. were going to make sure that we can have trade agreements with countries outside the european union too. it is important as a trade as the with the e.u.'s comments we need to sit never can only increase with the fastest growing market in the world. we hope to continue to collaborate with our europeanllt partners in science, education,n research, and technology. so the u.k. is one of the best places for science innovation. we see continued cooperation with our partners in areas such as crime, terrorism, and foreign affairs. fut we want to deliver a smooth and orderly brexit reach an agreement about our futures partnership by the time the two-year article 60 process has concluded.luded,
the movie due to a phased process of implementation which britain, the u institutions and overstates can prepare for the newer arrangements that will exist between us. mr. speaker, we understand that there will be consequences for the day of leaving the eat you. we know we will lose influence over the roles that affect the european economy. we know that u.k. companies that trade with the e.u. will have to rely on institutions of which we are no longer apart. just as we do in other overseas markets. however, we approach these toxic constructively, respectfully,pe and in the spirit of sincere cooperation.we should use in the interest of both united kingdom and the european union that we should use this process to deliver our objectives in a fair and orderly manner.the eurn it is in the interest of both the united kingdom and european union that there should be little disruption as possible.
and in the interest of both the united kingdom and european union set europe should remain strong, prosperous and capable of protecting its values in the world. at a time when global trade is slowing and there are signs of instincts are on the rise in many parts of the world, europe has a responsibility to stand up for free trade in the interest of all. with europe security moreith wih fragile today than any time since the end of the cold war, weakening our cooperation and feeling to stand up for european values would be a costly mistake. all to leave the e.u. with no read jackson. >> -- we continue to be reliable partners and allies with closewn friends.
we want to continue to buy goods and services in the e.u. is of them out. we want to trade and work with one another to make sure we are safer, more secure and prosperous. indeed, in an increasingly unstable world we must continue to forge a security cooperation to keep our people safe. we face the same global threat to terrorism and extremism. there should be no reason why we should not agree on a special partnership between the u.k. and the eat youth that works for us all. mr. speaker, i know this is afo day of celebration for some and disappointment for others. the west friend unless june was divisive at times. not everyone shared the same point of view or voted the same way. arguments on both sides are passionate.months ahead, ev
when i spit around the negotiating table in the months ahead will represent every person in the united kingdom, rich, poor, adult or child and all in between. and yet those e.u. nationals who have made their country their home. it is my determination to get the right deal for every single person in the country. as we look at the opportunities ahead of us on this momentous journey, or shared values,rn interest and ambitions can and must bring us together. we all want to see a brit that is stronger than it is today. we all want a country that is fair so everyone has a chance ts succeed. we all want a nation that is safe and secure for children and grandchildren. we all want to live in a global britain with old friends and new allies around the world. these are the ambitions of the government's plan for britain. ambitions that unite us so we
are no longer defined by the but we cast but our determination t make a result.at we are great union of people and nation with a proud history and a bright future. now the decision has been made in the process is underway, it is time to come together. this great national moment needs a great effort to shape a stronger future for britain.ge so let us do so together. let us come together and work together. let us together choose to believe in britain with optimism and hope. for if we do, we can make the most of the opportunities ahead. we can together make a success of this moment and we can build a stronger, fair, better britain. a britain our children andbr grandchildren will be proud to call home.
>> thank you mr. speaker. i would like to thank the prime minister for an advance copy of her statement. today, we embark on the countries most important negotiation in modern times. the british people made the decision to leave the europeana union and we respect that decision. the next steps along the journey are the most crucial. if the prime minister unites the country as she aims to do, the government needs to listen, consult, and represent the whole country. not just the hard-line ideologues on our own benches.u. what will change as a result of the european union, the question is how. there are conservatives who want to use brexit to turn this country into a low-wage tax
haven. [inaudible] we need to invest in high schoo school, high-tech to rebuild and transfer britain so that no one and no community is left behind. mr. speaker, the direction the prime minister is threatening to take this country. [inaudible] it will not give this government a free hand to use brexit. [inaudible] [inaudible] the prime minister says that not deal is better than a bad deal. but, the reality is no deal is a bad deal.
less than one year ago treasury estimated that leaving the european union on wto terms would lead to a 7.5% fall in her gdp. the 45 billion lost of tax receipts. as a treasury updated those figures or do they still stand? they have updated, can they be published? if not, what deal could be worse than those consequences of no deal? it would be a failure of historic proportions the prime minister comes back from brussels without having secured these. we will use every opportunity to make sure we're held to account at every stage of the negotiation. mr. speaker, we all have an interest in ensuring the prime minister gets the best deal for
this country. jobs, living standards, we do people access to this legal. market. they stated in this house of the 34th of january the government plan is, and a quote a comprehensive free-trade agreement and a comprehensive cucustoms agreement that will deliver the exact same benefitse as we have.efit so will the prime minister confirmed today that she intends to deliver a trading customs agreement with the exact same benefits? same goes for protecting workers rights and environmental standards. protecting britain's nations and regions, protecting britain's financial sector and services, and making sure there isis no
return in northern ireland. when does she expect to guarantee the rights of all those e.u. nationals who live and work and make such an welcome contribution to this country. for those british nationals whoh live will parts of the european union including guarantee that the u.k. pensions will not be frozen post brexit. mr. speaker, brexit would be a huge task for any government. yet, so far they seemed complacent about the scale of the task ahead. the government ministers cannot make up their minds about the real objective. the foreign secretaries here today said in october our policy is having our cake and eating it.our
today, the chancellor on bbc radio four said, we cannot have our cake and eat it. maybe they should get together and talk about it.anges from at one level this might seem like flip and exchanges. but they do reflect differences about britain's negotiating aime the government will speak with a united voice. however, the secretary is the same man who promised our national health service 350 million pounds a week once we left the e.u. now, he believes the leaving the e.u. would be perfectly okay. it would not be perfectly okay, it would damage our economy and people's living standards. the prime minister confirmed that she rejects such complacency?
we will use all means possible to make sure we held this government's fair work on full access to single markets, on protecting britain from being dragged into a race to the bottom, and ensuring that our future relationship with the european union is strong and cooperative. her relationship where we can work together to bring if the pri to our continent. the prime minister can deliver deal that meets our criteria that's fine, will back her. more than ever we need a government that will deliver for the whole country not just a few. but his ultimate test of the brexit deal that the prime minister must now secure. must >> i am grateful to the gentleman for saying the label party respected, the referendum in the process is underway. he said the next step is the most crucial and most important.
the me now we had to the formal precedents of negotiations. they just seem however, the message he says has not gone through the front bench. i understand as the commitment to approve the board his international trade secretary claimed i was signing where country's future. i'm afraid that's how sales often. [inaudible] he talked specifically about e.u. national and i have expressly referred to this inna the letter and they made it clear that i hoped we could deal with the issue of this and other member states as early as possible. as i have said in this house before, i believe there's goodwill on both sides to doo that. he mentioned the labour party's test that they set out for negotiations.ab
i've been looking at those. there principle that the government had time and again that were determined to meet. he has won the final deal will be and then that's exactly what i set out to be variable and deliver the same benefits of the single markets and customs unit? we been clear that we want to get the best possible deal..will will they protect national security and our ability to tackle crime? yes. will they deliver for all regions and nations of the u.k.? we been very clear to taking them all into account. as i said earlier, we expect that our powers are repatriated and will see a significant increase in decision-making.onsn we will be very clear that
workers rights will bebott protected.d. it's not something up forgotiat negotiation.id to give cre he should listen to is unbearable and and who is said to give credit to the government i don't think they want to have workers rights. there has been some anxiety. i've seen no evidence with conversations i've had that status or operation their intention or something they want to do. but there is a test the labour party has set out tonight don't think the gentleman specifically mentioned. perhaps as because of the lanfusion in the labour party. because it is will there be fair management of migration. e what we see and that is a confuse picture for the labor department. the shadow factory says freedom of movement to the workers right. and the gentleman himself saidta the following. labor is not the freedom of movement for e.u. citizens as a point of principle.
i don't want that to be misinterpreted. more to be worked out. makes you wonder why nobody has any idea what the labour party catch position is. as i said earlier, today of alli days we should be coming together. we should be acting on ambition for countries of the future. wish not be talking down negotiations. we should set out on determinations to get the bestat possible deal for everybody in the united kingdom. thank you, >> thank you mr. speaker. the leader of the opposition. for decades they went with us over and over again.ain, today, mr. speaker is a historic day in day. that at the very heart of this letter lies the democratic
decision in the referendum ofin u.k. voters given to them by an act of parliament enabling the british people to regain that right to govern themselves. so which people thought and guide over generations.tions? there's a massive majority ofrio 372 in the house of commons onhf the third reading. trading corporation yes, european parliaments, no. >> i think i can give my friends the reassurance that they seeks. if i quote from an opening paragraph of my letter. the very first line as he reaffirms of the 23rd of june last year the united kingdom voted to leave the union. i go on to say that we do want the european union to succeedt and prosper. as the vote was not a rejection
that we share with fellow europeans. instead, the referendum was about to restore as we see it, our national self-determinationt >> it's important for everybody to remember on this day that in the referendum of the european union the people of scotland voted by 62% to remain in the european union. every single local government area in the country voted to remain with the european union. mr. speaker this happened two years after scottish -- were told to vote no to scottish independence to remain in the european union. yet, ironically this is exactly what will happen because the majority elsewhere in the united kingdom it will be imposed on the people of scotland. last year mr. speaker, i have
raced repeatedly in in this chamber the prime minister madee a commitment to the u.k. wide approach. an agreement with the government of scotland, wales, and of northernnt ireland. since then, the scottish government has published the compromise suggestion. i the heart, the status find people in scotland and the rest of the u.k. so the prime minister could hav said that she would try, try to seek an agreement with european on the plan that could protectct it scholars place in the european market, but she did it. the prime minister could've taken the views of the scottish of the northern irish government seriously as she could've reached an agreement before triggering serio article 15. she did not and she does not.
>> we cannot have side exchanges taking place while the honorable gentleman should have the floori i'm capable of seeing what the disruption hail. we will not persist. we have responsibility in the government and is normally the embodiment of courtesy to which i know he will not return. mr. robinson. >> we have become accustomed to the views of members on the other side of the house being incapable of understanding that the people of scotland voted to remain. the prime minister promised, promised ladies and gentlemen cannot understand. [inaudible]
they don't like to hear but listen, they must. the prime minister promised an agreement, there is no agreement. she has broken her word. the scotland members of parliament we have been sent here with a mandate to stand upo to the people of scotland. it's a mandate the prime minister does not enjoy. fifty-nine, 58 from scotlandnstg voted against triggering article 50. the scottish parliament voted against the article 50. the scottish government was against the triggering of article 50 before an agreement.h and what has this government done? it has ignored the views of people in scotland and a democratic elected and mr. speaker, europe is watching. it is ways this government treats united kingdom to vote to
remain with europe. mr. speaker, the u.k. government has a mandate to hold a brexit referendum. we have said that. and the results of leave in the rest of the united kingdom. again, the opposites do not seem to understand that the united kingdom is a multinational sta state. two of them voted to leave and all the rest from the government benches -- there is not unity. as democrats, we can all expect the scottish government has a mandate given by the people of scotland in an election that we should have a choice after the
negotiations have concluded. about it be not checked into the long grasp of the democratic choice tonight. yesterday the scottish parliament voted that the people of scotland should have that choice. will the prime minister co confirmed that she will recognize the democratic right of the people to make their own choice after negotiations happen?king mr. speaker, the prime minister stated that she thinks brexit will bring unity to the united kingdom. it will not.ime mi on this issue it is not the united kingdom and the prime minister needs to respect the differences across the nation of the united kingdom. if she does not and remains and if she denies scotland the choice in our future, she will make scottish independencece[ch inevitable.e an
calm yourselves. . . excitable individual, brandishing your paper in a distinctly eccentric manner. don't extend yourself somewhere else if you can't calm yourself. the prime minister. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the right honorable gentleman has said this afternoon on a number of occasions as he has on many occasions in this house before that scotland voted to remain in the european union and should therefore be treated differently. my constituency voted to remain in the european union. [shouting] >> >> that was a vote of the whole united kingdom. h what i hear from people outside this chamber that
the right honorable gentleman seems to forget. but what i hear from people upside this chamber individuals and businesses alike whether they voted to remain or leave this that with the vote taken in division given to people of the united kingdom, and we should respect that vote and get on with the job by for everybody of the hall across the united kingdom. with the impact of the independence it is the case thee the european union has reinforced the doctrine. does seem amusing but as a reminder if they had voted
for independence in 2014 than they would not be a member of the european union we will insure ring with the deal but i n interested in the outcomes as the best possible deal of the l. hall of the united kingdom kin talking about democratic representation impossibilities perhaps the scottish government might buy to consider thetu legislation over the past year. >> joining us from london thanks for being with us. >> my pleasure. >> explained today's action wha and what it will trigger. >> this is the formal serving of the divorce papers.
handing the i want a divorce letter from my employer to the other with of referendum vote that took place last june so this day is nine months in the making results after two years of negotiations that is called for under the e.u. charter with what the divorce will be at the potential relationship between britain and the remaining countrieslatip of the e.u. will be. to years is the nominal period in the charter butal most people think it willl take a lot longer people already talking about interim agreements but is a watershed day although still in the e.u. and will be this is no turning back.
>> what is the impact of theur trade between the u.k. and the rest of europe? >> it depends what side of your argument. >> 81 out this is the beginning of the global britain trading relationships are no longer dominated by the closest neighbors in europe but it will hearken back to the days of the empire if you wanted to stay in which was 40% -- 48% but a period of less prosperity and security still a very polarized argument is very polarized country opinion has not shifted since jim. y
>> we did see stories about buyer's remorse. >> we did a and we didn't there was a little bit oh my god what have we done but not for very long. the polls have now shifted at that point the polls are holding up the rest of europe and the world was shocked they were incredulous as to those who voted for brooks it but the e.u. had in mind but if anything the positions are more entrenched. >> in new prime minister who took over what is her biggest challenge? >> she has a lot it is hard
to say which is the biggest but she has to satisfy not just the country but various wings within her party more nationalistic elements who want to sever ties matter the consequences get control of the borders and limit immigration to establish an independent to europe and also to maintain a relationship and continue to trade with the financial services sector which is a huge part of the british economy and the major element of the london
economy. and still going back and forth with tear of those are the elements she has to contend with domestically but it is just as difficult from the european point of view and if this is a deal that has to go through not just brussels or london but not two years is not a long time that to happen. >> with another talent the scottish parliament moving ahead with the referendum to vote on seceding from the u.k. so how real is that? >> we will see. right now appears as of the scottish referendum has spent temporarily shelved
the position from london the argument is now was not the time but for now oh the issue and the leader of the scottish government has acknowledged they really have to see the shape of any potential access deal plus the future relationship with europe will be before there in deposition to vote with paper relationship with europe for london and thatre will be the choice but not faced for another few years. >> we will be reporting tonight cbs news.com of foreign correspondent joining from london. >> my pleasure and how
>> britain was the dominant power and was in decline so the strategic question was should did support britain were create a new order with complex what he is trying to present as the soviet union to come into line with the nationalist to take control of the oil we hear about that because it is 100 percent of european oil in the middle east want to make sure we have friendly regimes if not aligned with