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tv   British Prime Minister Theresa May News Conference  CSPAN  November 19, 2018 1:30am-1:55am EST

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court of one party cannot determine matters in relation to the court -- in relation to another party. the speaker: sir christopher choke. >> my right honorable friend has repeated today nothing is agreed until everything is agreed. so can my friend explain why there is nothing in the withdrawal agreement which makes the withdrawal agreements legal -- legally contingent upon the implementation of an agreement of a legal relationship for the pm may: there are indeed clauses that link that withdrawal agreement to the future relationship and to ensuring in a number of places in relation to this matter to ensure that is in place. as i said earlier, we are still going to be negotiating further details in relation to that
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future relationship, and the determination of both sides expressed in the document that that should be able -- able to be put into place at the end of the transition period. announcer: that same day, british prime ministerannouncer: theresa may held a conference in london. future wasal questioned after several cabinet members resigned over the latest brexit deal. this is about 20 minutes. pm may: serving in high office is an honor and privilege. it's also a heavy responsibility. that is true at any time, but especially when the stakes are so high. in negotiating the uk's withdrawal from the eu 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.
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it touches almost 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 one for our country and all our people. from the very beginning, i have known what i have wanted to deliver for the british people,
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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 all. full control of our money, so we decide ourselves how to spend it on priorities like our n.h.s. full control of our laws by ending the jurisdiction of the european court of justice in the united kingdom. getting us out of the common agricultural policy 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
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that put food on the tables of working families right across the u.k. those rely on transborder goods -- cross-border trade in goods flowing easily in and out of the u.k. allowing for integrated supply chain. this agreement protects that. protects the close security cooperation that helps keep 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 having 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 interest. we can only secure it if we
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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. . n.h.s. we can all rely on and great schools for every child for homes that families need. that is what the people we serve expect and that is what we owe it to them to deliver. goodness me. you normally put your hands straight up after. laura. >> thank you very much, prime
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minister. laura, bbc news. it's very clear you want to stick to your plan. is it the case that others are seeking to take that decision out of your hands? and prime minister, is it not the case now that you are in office, but you're not really in power? pm may: when we bring the deal back, what will happen is there will be negotiations particularly focusing on the future framework and filling the details of that out at an e.u. council meeting. that will then be brought back to the house of commons and to a vote in the house of commons. i'm going to do my job of getting the best deal for britain. i'm going to do my job of getting a deal that is in the national interest. when the vote comes before the house of commons, m.p.'s will be doing their job. they will need to look at that deal. they will need to 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 for the
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decisions they take. tom. >> thank you, prime minister. tom from "the sun." prime minister, if there is a confidence vote held in your leadership in the conservative party, do you think it is in the national interest for you to fight it? and if you win by only one vote, will you carry on as prime minister? pm may: leadership is about taking the right decisions, not the easy ones. as prime minister, my job is to bring back a deal that delivers on the vote of the british people, that does that by ending free movement, all the things i raised in my statement, ensuring we are not sending vast annual sums to the e.u. any longer, ending jurisdiction of the european court of justice but also protects jobs and protects people's livelihoods, protects our security, protects the union of the united kingdom. i believe this is a deal which does deliver that, which is in the national interest, and am i
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going to see this through? yes. next question. >> prime minister, simon from "five news." surely now even you have to admit this is not strong and stable. pm may: what i think people will see is that what i and the government have done is being sticking to the job of ensuring we're delivering for the british people. that's what we're doing. we're delivering in the british -- in the national interest and, look, m.p.'s have been debating the best way to deliver brexit ever since the referendum took place in 2016. there has been much criticism throughout that time. people have been ready to point out what they don't like. one simple fact remains. that is that nobody has produced any alternative proposal which of both delivered on the referendum and also ensures there is no hard border between northern ireland and ireland.
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i understand some people feel uncomfortable about the details in the backstop in the withdrawal agreement. and i share some of those concerns. there's another escapable fact. -- inescapable fact. there's no deal which can be agreed which does not act as an insurance policy against a return to the borders of the past in northern ireland. all the other approaches, norway, canada, plus, etc., they would all require a backstop. the alternative of repudiating that backstop would not only be reneging on a promise to the people of northern island, but also hopes of securing video. what has the government been doing? we've been absolutely clear on focusing on delivering what is in the best interest of the british people. >> prime minister, are you not in denial about the chances of getting this deal through parliament? and the critics in your own party that have been sending in letters very publicly, is it
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time for them to put up or shut up? prime minister may: you may ? pm may: as you may have heard me say in the house of commons earlier, as i just reiterated here i'm going to do my job of , bringing back the best deal for the united kingdom. that will be put before the house of commons. it will be put before members of parliament in a meaningful vote. their job will be to look at that deal. their job will be to consider the interest of their constituents. and their job will be to consider how we can deliver on the vote of the people to leave the european union. i think most people watching this 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 that what we will deliver will be in their interest. it will protect jobs. it will protect security. it will ensure a great future for this country.
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reporter: rob hutton from "bloomberg." isn't it time to say what you clearly think, which is the brexit campaign offered something that was not on the menu? it offered very, very easy trade negotiations. there would be no problem at all with the irish border. it was going to be fantastic and straightforward, the european union was going to give us everything we wanted because of cco, things like that. some of the things that you were promised they were never there? pm may: i think most people recognize that after 40 years of membership with the european union, delivering brexit, dealing with how we are going to withdraw from the unp and union -- european union is not an easy , negotiation. these are complex issues. i think what most member of of the public want, those actually who voted for leave and many of those who voted to remain as
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well, is for the government to get on with it. are is exactly what we doing. and for the government to deliver a deal in the national interest, that is going to protect their jobs, and that is going to ensure that we have a future for this country. and that's exactly what we're doing. reporter julia macfarland, abc : news. what would you say to people watchinglies abroad what looks like chaos? pm may: i think what people in brussels will be seeing is the government has agreed on an agreement and recognized the outline of the political declaration. they have recognized that by the fact that the president has written to the eu council president tusk to say progress has been made, and on that basis, a council has been called for the 25th of november. i think they see a government intent on working with them to ensure we deliver a good deal to the british people.
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i only say that a good deal for the u.k. is a good deal for the e.u. as well. robert? robert: prime minister, you said that your deal is in the national interest. but your party is deeply divided on it. perhaps more divided more than any of us have ever seen. are you prepared to risk the break-up of your party to deliver the deal you believe in? pm may: 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 ever since the result of the referendum took place. i think what the british people wanted to do and i believe m.p.'s will do is focus on the fact that people voted to leave and focus on how we do that in a way that is good for the united kingdom. i'm committed as prime minister to bringing the best deal back for the united kingdom. that's what i'm going to be
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doing. i expect that when we come -- members of parliament across my party will look at that deal, will recognize the important of delivering on the vote of the british people, and recognize the important of doing that in a way that does protect the people's jobs and does protect our security and does protect our united kingdom. george? >> i'm gordon from "the telegraph." pm may: sorry. [laughter] >> [laughter] there are reports tonight that asked to be the brexit secretary. will you allow whoever becomes the new brexit secretary to do that to try to get more concessions? there have been no answers on any appointments to replace people who have resigned.
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are you struggling to find people that want to fill those roles? i have had rather a busy day, as you might have seen. three hours in the house of commons. but michael has been doing an excellent job and particularly in defense of the fishing industry. as you'll see, there are some very important elements of the outline political declaration that recognize the united kingdom will be an independent coastal state in the future. fishing is an issue that matters to people. michael has been doing an excellent job in terms of ensuring we are delivering on that commitment that we have to come out of the common fisheries policy. i haven't appointed a new secretary yet and i will of course be making appointments to the government in due course. jason? >> thank you. i just pulled up tom's question. that several of your colleagues no longer have confidence in your leadership. what will you do if there's a vote of no-confidence in the
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coming days? pm may: as i said earlier, leadership is about making the right decisions, not taking the easy decisions. as prime minister, my job is to get the best deal for britain and to bring that deal back to the house of commons. and that's exactly what i am focused on doing. i think members of the public want the government to get on with delivering on brexit for them. as i said earlier am i going to , see this through? yes. who do we have? prime minister, thank you very much. nick robertson from cnn. you've talked about leadership as being the position of taking hard decisions, the right decisions, that 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 tough, not easy decisions to take? pm may: in relation to the deal
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we are looking at, as i said before, i recognize there are concerns about the backstop. that is an issue. i share many of those concerns. the decision to go forward on the basis that we have was not overall an easy one. there was a very good and impassioned debate that took place in the cabinet yesterday over these issues. but overall, looking at the national interests, we agreed the cabinet and as a government that the deal that we have is the right want to proceed with, to go to the next step of the negotiations, and those will lead up to date eu council on the 25th of november. mesa? >> thank you, prime minister. ever since you have been in this job, you have always been adamant that the country will leave the eu in march of next year. over the last couple of days, you talked about the risk of no
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brexit. do you think given the forces that lined up in opposition to your deal that that is now becoming a definite threat? pm may: there were a number of members of parliament who stood up in the house of commons today and said their view was that staying within the european union was the right thing to do. i disagree. we gave a vote to the british people. parliament overwelmingly gave that vote to the british to decide whether or not to stay in the european union. the people voted to leave. i believe it is our duty as a government and believe it's our duty as members of parliament to deliver on that vote of the british people. and we will be leaving on the 29th of march 2019. >> matthew thompson from albee c. i'm wondering to what extent this crisis is to some extent of your own making, and the sense that it is a failure of expectation management and not bringing hardliners within your own party with you.
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obviously, they were not going to like this deal. should you not have brought them onboard quickly? pm may: we have been working on this deal and negotiating. there has been various staging posts where we made clear the approach we are taking in relation to these issues. that happened in december at the joint report. obviously that there was further information we put forward in the spring. in july, the approach was clearly set out for people. we have of course been discussing with colleagues and with people in the house of commons as we have been discussing with business and others as we progress through inputting this deal together. been the focus, as i said earlier, is making sure the deal we deliver is a deal we deliver on the vote of the british people and that does so in a way that is in the best national interest, which ensures we protect people's jobs, livelihood, and security, but also ensures we are able to move forward outside the european toon as a global britain and
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ensure we can negotiate trade deals around the rest of the world. i think that's within the interests of people here in this country and that's what we will deliver. i'll take a couple more questions. now, george. [laughter] >> sorry paul -- ,pm may: i'm sorry again. [laughter] >> lots of reporters. pm may: anybody who thinks i've got george parker on my mind -- [laughter] >> prime minister, if the house of commons voted by a majority for another referendum of a people's vote, would you see it as a resignation matter or having implement the will of parliament as prime minister? pm may: i have taken a very clear view about the question of a second referendum. i have made that clear to members of parliament. i think actually across the most membersons, of parliament recognize that they gave a vote to the british people, and the british people that it, and it's up to us to deliver on the boat and not have a second referendum.
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as far as i'm concerned, there will not be a referendum. secondwe ask people their view. and said we should leave, we will leave the european union, and we will leave on the 29th of march 2019. >> \[indiscernible] pm may: as we look across the house of commons yes, there have , been voices for a second referendum. but when we go to the deal, the final package we bring back from the european council, they will look on delivering on the vote of the british people and doing so in a way that protects the interest of their constituents. 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. hello. hannah from buzzy news. news.zfeed my question is given the difficulty likely to have this through parliament, do you
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regret calling a general election last year? pm may: no, i don't regret calling a general election last year. there will be a decision for m.p.'s to take. i'm going to do my job. i'm going to bring the best deal back for the british people. m.p.'s will be held to account by their constituents for it. so the last question i'll take here. reporter: thank you. jay walsh, independent. prime minister, you are a cricket fan. from the outside it looks like at the moment, you are a long, long way off getting the number of runs that you need. but your batsmen are dropping like flies. is there any number of wickets that will fall in your cabinet before you resign? pm may:. can i just say that you might -- you might recall from previous comments i've made about cricket that one of my cricket heroes was always jeffrey boycott. what do you know about jeffrey boycott? he stuck to it and he got the runs in the end. thank you.
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announcer: watch prime minister's questions from the sunday house of commons night at 9:00 p.m. eastern and pacific time here on c-span. you can also go to and find video of past prime minister's questions and other british public affairs programs. announcer: monday night on "the communicators," a discussion with federal trade commission or know of phillips on the ftc's role of regulating the internet and privacy issues. he's interviewed by politico technology reporter john hendel. processrivacy shield involves companies applying to the commerce department, which does sort of a series of quality
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controls, whatever you want to call them, and then the company will warrant they are part of the privacy shield. we do the enforcement. we have a number of ways we make sure the companies makes promises about privacy shield live up to their promises, and if they don't, we punish them. announcer: watch "the communicators," monday night at 8:00 eastern on c-span two. unofficial results in the florida senate recount show republican governor rick scott defeated incumbent democratic senator bill nelson by just over 10,000 votes out of 8 million cast. while the official results will be announced on tuesday, today, senator nelson made a brief statement conceding the race. senator nelson: things worked out a little differently than grace and i had hoped, but let me say that i buy no measure field defeated, because i have had the privilege of serving the people of florida and this co


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