tv British Prime Minister Theresa May News Conference CSPAN November 15, 2018 12:24pm-12:48pm EST
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this regard? reporter: 17 members -- all of this on-line. we will take you live to london to hear from prime minister tearesa may. >> it is also a heavy responsibility. that is true at any time but especially when the stakes are so high. the negotiation the e.u. withdraw after 40 years and building up from the ground up a new and enduring relationship for the good of our children and grandchildren the matter of a highest consequence. it touches every area of our national life. a whole economy and virtually every job. the livelihoods of our fellow citizens. our integrity, our safety and security. all of these are at stake, my approach throughout has been to
put the national interests first. not a partisan interest and certainly not my own political interests. i do not judge harshly those of my colleagues who seek to do the same but reach a different conclusion. they must do what they believe to be right, just as i do. i'm sorry they have chosen to leave the government and i thank them for their service. but i believe with every fiber of my being that the course i have set out is the right won for our country and all of our people. from the very beginning, i have known what i have wanted to deliver for the british people, to honor their vote in the referendum. full control of our borders by bringing an end to the free movement of people once and for people. full control of our money, so we decide ourselves how to spend it on priorities like our n.h.s. full control of our lawyers by
ending the jurisdiction of the european court of justice. getting us out of the common agricultural and fisheries policy for good. this is exactly what this agreement will deliver. free movement ended. vast annual payments stopped. the jurisdiction of the e.c.j. over, out of the c.a.p., out of the c.f.p. this is a brexit that delivers on the priorities of the british people. in achieving these objectives, i'm determined to protect the things that are important to us. protect the hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs that put food on the tables of working families right across the u.k. those rely on transborder goods in and out of the u.k. allowing for integrated supply chain. this agreement protects that. protects the close security
protection that helps keeps us safe. this agreement does that. protects the integrity of the united kingdom and peaceful settlement in northern ireland by leaving the e.u. as one united kingdom and no hard border between ireland and northern ireland. this agreement does that as well. yes, difficult and uncomfortable decisions have had to be made. i understand fully there are some who are unhappy with those compromises, but this deal delivers what people voted for and it is in the national interests and can only secure it if we unite behind the agreement reached in cabinet yesterday. if we do not move forward with that agreement, nobody can know for sure the consequences that will follow. it will take a path of deep and grave uncertainty when the british people just want us to get on with it. they are looking to the conservative party to deliver,
to deliver a brexit that works for the whole u.k., a strong economy that keeps jobs safe and wages rising and public services we can rely on there. great schools for every child and for homes that families need. that is what the people we serve expect and that is what we owe it to them to deliver. put your hands straight up. laura. >> thank you very much, it's very clear you want to stick to your clear, is it the case that others are seeking to take that decision out of your hands. and prime minister is it not the case that you are now in office, you are not really in power. >> it will be negotiations particularly focusing on the
future framework and filling the details of that out. and that will then be brought ack to the house of commons. getting the best deal for britain. i will do my job that is in the national interests. when the vote comes before the house of commons, m.p.'s will be doing their job and will be looking at that deal and consider the vote of the british people to leave the european union and our duty to deliver on that vote and they will be held to account to their constituents on the votes that they take. tom. >> prime minister, if those confidence vote held in your leadership in the conservative party, do you think it is in the national interests for you to fight it? and if you win by only one vote, ill you carry on on as prime
minister. >> leadership is taking the right decision not the easy one. we deliver on the vote of the british people that does that by ending free movement, all the things i raised, ensuring we are not sending sums to the e.u. any longer, ending jurisdiction of the court of justice but protects peoples jobs, our livelihoods and security. i believe that this is a deal which does deliver that, which is in the national interests. and am i go go to see this through? yes. next question. >> surely now even you have to admit this is not strong and stable. >> what i think people will say that what i and the government
have done is sticking to the job of ensuring we are delivering to the british people. that's what we are doing. we are delivering in the national interests. m.p.'s have been debating the est way to deliver brecks it since 2016. there has been criticism. people point out what they don't like. one simple fact remains, no one has produced any proposals which delivers on the referendum and ensures there is no hard border tween northern ireland and ireland. i understand some people feel uncomfortable. and i share some of those concerns. but there is another inescapeable fact. there is no deal that does not involve the back stop insurance policy against the return of the borders in northern ireland, they would all require a back
stop. and the alternative of repudiating that back stop not only renegging on a promise to the people of northern ireland but hopes of securing a deal. what has the government been doing? we have been absolutely care on focusing on delivering in what is the best interests of the british people. >> you are not denial about the chances of getting this deal through parliament. and for your own party that has been athounsing, is it time for them to put up or shut up? >> you may have heard me say in the house commons earlier, i just reiterated. i will be doing my job of bringing back the best deal for the you fighted kingdom. at will be be put before the members.
their squob is to consider the interests of their constituents and their job to consider how we can deliver on the votes of the people to leave the european union. most people watching or listening to this will recognize that this is not an easy thing to do. this is a complex negotiation. but i think what most people want to know is what we will deliver will be in their interests. it will protect jobs. it will protect security and ensure a great future for this country. time to say what you clearly think, which is the brexit campaign offered something that was not on the menu and offered very, very easy trade negotiations. it offered -- there would be no problem at all with the irish
border and the european union was going to give us everything because of things like that. isn't it time to say i'm afraid some of the things that you were promised, they were never there. >> most people in this country recognize after 40 years of membership in the european union, dealing with how we are going to withdraw from the e.u. is not an easy negotiation. these are complex issues. i think what most members of the public want, those actually who voted for me and those many of those is the government to get on with it. that's exactly what we are doing and the government to deliver a deal that is in the national interests that is going to protect their job and ensure we have a great future in this country and that's exactly what we're doing. >> prime minister, what would you say to britain's friends and
allies who are witnessing that is looking like a government in chaos. >> i think people in brussels is that the government reached an agreement. they recognize and the draft political outline. they have recognized that by the fact that the president has written a letter to say tremendous progress has been made and on that basis a council has been called for the 25th of november. a government is intent on working with them to ensure we deliver a good deal by for the british people and good deal for the u.k. is a good deal for the e.u. as well. >> prime minister, you said that your deal is in the national interests, but your party is deeply divided on it, perhaps more divided than any of us have ever seen. have you prepared to risk the
breakup of your party to on deliver the deal you believe in? >> as i just said in answer to an earlier question, m.p.'s have been debating how best to deliver on the result of the referendum. i think what the british people want to do and i believe what m.p.'s will do when it comes to the vote in the house of commons is focus on the people who voted to leave and how we do that in a way that is good for the united kingdom. i'm committed to bringing the best deal back for the united kingdom. i expect when we come members of parliament across my party will look at that deal and will recognize the importance of delivering on the vote of the british people and reckfies the importance of doing that that does people's jobs our security and united kingdom.
george. , there are ster reports tonight that michael has been asked to become the new brexit secretary but will take that job on condition that he is allowed to go back to brussels and try for more concessions. will you allow the new brexit secretary there will be more concessions. are you struggling to find people who want to fill those roles? hours have seen three in the house of commons. michael has been doing an excellent job and in his defense industry. and this is very important elements of the outlined particular direction which recognized that the united kingdom will be an independent
coastal state. and michael has been doing an excellent job in terms of ensuring that we are delivering on that commitment that we have to come out of the common fisheries policy. i haven't appointed a new brexit secretary yet and i will be making appointments to the government in due course. jason. >> just to follow up. we have seen several of your colleagues declare they no longer have confidence in your leadership. what will you do if there is a vote of no confidence in the coming days? >> as i said earlier leadership is about making the right zigs, not taking the easy decisions. as prime minister, my job is to get the better deal for britain and that's what i am focused on doing. i think members of the public want to get on with delivering on brexit for them. as i said earlier, am i go go to
see this through? yes. >> prime minister, thank you, nick robinson from cnn. you talked about leadership about taking hard decisions, the right decisions. some of the choices have not been easy. would you share with the country now some of those decisions that you personally have found have been the hard, tough, not easy decisions to take? >> in relation to the deal that we are looking at, as i said before, i recognize there are concerns about the backstop. that is an issue and i shared many of those concerns and the decision to go forward not overall was an easy one. but as all, the international
interests, we agree that the cabinet and the government that the deal that we have is the right one to proceed with, to go to the next stage of goirks and obviously those negotiations will lead up to the 25th of ovember. >> thank you. mesa from "daily express." you have been adamant that the country will leave the e.u. in march of next year. you have talked about the risks of no brexit. do you think given the forces lined up in opposition to your deal that that is now a definite threat? >> there were a number of people who stood up today and said their view was the right thing to do. i disagree. we gave the vote to the british people. parliament overwhelmingly gave that vote to the british people
to decide whether or not to stay in. the people voted to leave. it is our duty as the government and members of parliament to deliver on that vote of the british people and will be leaving on the 29th of march, 2019. >> matthew thompson. what sfent is of your own making in the sense it is a failure of expectation management and not bringing out hard liners with you. obviously they were not going to like this deal. shouldn't you have brought this deal? >> we have been working on this where we made clear to people what the approach that we're taking in relation to these issues. happened in december at the joint report. obviously there was further information that we put forward in the spring and then in july. our approach was clearly set
out. we have been discussing with colleagues and with people in the house of commons as we have been discussing the business and others as we progress through inputting this deal to together. what has been the focus as i said earlier is making sure that the deal we deliver i is it delivers on the vote of the british people and does so which is in the best national interests which ensures that we protect people's jobs, livelihood and security and we are able to move forward outside the european union and to sen sure we can negotiate trade deals around the rest of the world. that is in the interests of people in this country. i will take a couple more questions. >> i have george on my mind.
>> prime minister if the house of commons voted by a majority for another referendum for people vote, would you see that as a resignation matter or you having the will of parliament as prime minister? >> i have taken a clear view about the second referendum and i made that clear and actually across the house of commons and most members recognize that they gave the vote to the british people and the british people voted and it is up to deliver on that vote and not have a second referendum. there will not be a second referendum. we will leave the european union nd leave on the 29 of march, 2019. [indiscernible question] >> yes there have been voices for a second referendum. but i believe when people come to look at the deal that we
bring back from the european council the final package that we bring back, they will look at delivering on the vote of the british people and doing so in a way that protects the interests of their constituents. and i believe that is the question that members of parliament will be asking themselves at that point, not about a second referendum. just a couple more questions. > my question is given [indiscernible] >> do you regret calling the general last year? >> no, i don't regret calling the general election last year. when it comes to the vote in parliament it will be a decision for m.p.'s to take. i will bring back a best deal for the british people and the m.p.'s will be held to account for their constituents. >> the last question.
>> prime minister, you are a cricket fan. from the outside, it looks like is are long, way off, and here any number of wick emp ts before you re-sign as captain. >> you might recall from the previous comments that one of my here was jeffrey boycott. he stuck to it and he got the win in the end. thank you. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2018] nick nick >> you can find it at c-span.org. resignations in the prime minister cabinet, a tweet from her brexit secretary. today i have resigned as brexit secretary. i cannot support the terms
proposed. here is my letter to the p.m. my enduring respect. you can find today's house of mmons and will see it on c-span.org. next up. outgoing senator flake speaks about freedom of the press and criticizes the trump administration to take away the white house press credentials. he delivered the key note radio at last night's and television correspondents' dinner. our key note speaker is from the great state of arizona, republican senator jeff flake. he is fifth generation arizonaian and selected to the house. representing arizona's east valley. as