tv Your Questions to the PM BBC News November 24, 2018 8:30pm-9:01pm GMT
hello, this is bbc news. the headlines: theresa may has arrived in brussels ahead of tomorrow's summit to approve her brexit deal. the spanish prime minister says britain has given him assurances over the future of gibraltar. mrs may insists she'll always stand by the territory. the uk's position on the sovereignty of gibraltar has not changed and will not change. i'm proud that gibraltar is british and i will always stand by gibraltar. in belfast, the leader of the dup, arlene foster, attacks the deal, saying the dup will vote against it unless changes are made. french police use water cannon and tear gas against demonstrators in paris who are demanding a cut in fuel prices. 130 protesters were detained across the country. film director nicolas roeg, whose credits include don't look now and the man who fell to earth, has died at the age of 90. now on bbc news, theresa may takes your questions in a special programme, presented by emma barnett.
hello, i'm emma barnett, and welcome to this special edition of the emma barnett show here on bbc radio five live, and also on the bbc news channel. the prime minister theresa may me is in here in the studio to answer your calls, texts, tweets, so let me say, welcome to the prime minister. it's very good to be with you this morning. well, it is black friday today, have you heard of any good deals? i haven't been to any sharps, 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 our brexit deal. i think it delivers on what people voted for. it brings an end to free movement, it brings an end to selling 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 and i think that is what people are looking forfrom the government. we will hear from the people very shortly. this morning, we've had one woman say she'd like to give you a hug, we've also had one woman 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 in the referendum campaign 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. they 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, our schools, and actually, what we can do in terms of the future, as a country. shall we get to the cause? i'm just putting my earpiece back in so i will be able to hear. we'll let you do that. sarah in billingham, 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 your 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 in delivering. myjob is to persuade people, i believe this is the right deal for the uk, myjob is to persuade the people in parliament to, 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 constituents, for people up and down the country? people's jobs, people's 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. ijust think that all the other options, like no deal would cause chaos in the country. 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 therefore
we go back to the cause, 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 people 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 vote through 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 with deliver brexit, with a good deal. my focus at the moment, all my focus, obviously we've got to finalise the deal on sunday with the european council, but other than that, that, getting the vote through. 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, 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 they need to focus on, is is this the right deal for the uk? is it a deal that delivers what people voted for? i believe it does. as i have said...
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 want to stop brexit. i have to paraphrase this, i'm being very patient, it's no deal, it's not no brexit? 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 is what i would 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 in the referendum in 2016. i recognise that was a 52%, 48% vote in terms of leave verses 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 with deliver on that vote in a way that does deliver a better future for everybody, so does recognise some of the concerns that people who were voting to remain have about ourfuture, and protectsjobs. heather? thank you. you answered that question, let's bring in brendan from hartlepool. what was your question? good afternoon, prime minister. afternoon, brendan. 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 reports saying that it could go over the transition period, they might ask for another ten million. 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 what has been 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 any more, the part of this, of course, there's legal obligations we've got, but also, part of this 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 transition or implementation period, would that entail paying 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. if we went into the ip, they would ask for more financial contribution, if we went into 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. you want more detail on the timeframe. 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 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 and are on board, they may have read all 500 pages. if you can't get it through, 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. you have stamped your premiership on it. 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 is, 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 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 notjust about mps in westminster looking at the deal, 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 say 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 to. 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. the question from nigel, what advice did you give david cameron around that cabinet table? i thought they were the 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 we considered, when david was doing his negotiation prior to the referendum, i raise 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 the 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? and it's the right deal for people up and down the country. did you swear? look, it is up to people's choice. you talk about people resigning but i've had a huge number of messages, high messages, from people who have sent me flowers.
a nine—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 to 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 say it is 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 our 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 that as the uk, when we negotiate for these matters in relation to leaving
the european union and ourfuture, we do so one half of the whole of the uk family, including gibraltar. we are very clear that our position on gibraltar and 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 with 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 are live to the prime minister, what is your question? good afternoon.
we all know that you voted to remain in the eu, have you 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 had if 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, and 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 uk. 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 we can develop around the the rest of the world. i genuinely believe there is a bright future for this country and our best days are ahead of us. as the prime minister as the prime minister answered question? no. i appreciate what you're saying, prime minister, 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 to 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. that's about things like our 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. yes or no. 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 remainer myself, but i fully 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 thing 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 one 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. no real change for the majority of us tomorrow. the south of the country is in the better weather. saturday, we had outbreaks of rain and cloud, sunday is looking brighter. the area still coming out through the evening and entered tonight. not desperately cold but cold enough so temperatures
will be struggling over the next day 01’ so. will be struggling over the next day or so. tonight, a will be struggling over the next day orso. tonight, a fair will be struggling over the next day or so. tonight, a fair bit of cloud around the country, it tends to dry out eventually in the south as well for top the few clear spells, particularly in the west, and we might get some frost. 0verall, temperatures in towns and city between six and three celsius. tomorrow, across western areas, northern ireland, wales, some sunshine. eastern areas could be cloudy, one or two showers, but i am expecting a much better day for the south, they should be more sunshine or at least try weather around the afternoon. temperatures, single figures with the wind is blowing out of the east. 0n figures with the wind is blowing out of the east. on monday, the last of the quieter days. on monday, it sta rts the quieter days. on monday, it starts of quiet, the winds will be
light first thing in the morning, there will be the frost first then on monday, mr fogg in places as well, almost anywhere in the country. and settled weather whining itself up in the atlantic. pushing towards western areas in the uk. monday is looking fine and dry familiar vassals top with a change to the weather comes much harder air. it will be all mired about the winds will be stronger as well. on top of that we got the rain as well. the big load starts to purge our shores and basically another one to the south, rattling through the uk through the week as well. the temperatures will be picking up but the winds as well, you have to pay for it if you want milder weather, you will get gale force winds and outbreaks of rain. the wife. —— goodbye. this is bbc world news today. i'm aaron safir.
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