Theresa May: We can still secure success if everyone comes together

Theresa May: We can still secure success if everyone comes together
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Theresa May took questions in the House ahead of more Customs Union talks with Labour. Comparing Brexit to the Liverpool victory against FC Barcelona in Champions League finals, May said it showed that the UK could still secure success on Brexit, "if everyone comes together."


Theresa May faced off against MPs across the House of Commons in Prime Minister's Questions, as talks continued in the drawn out attempt to find an agreement between the UK's two main parties to get a deal through parliament - at one point even comparing herself to Liverpool Football Club.

"When everyone says it’s all over, that your European opposition have got you beat, the clock is ticking down, it’s time to concede defeat, actually we can still secure success if everyone comes together," May said in response to Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn's statement that May should take tips from Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp to get a good result in Europe.

Both leaders first had offered words of condolence for the family of the British soldier who was killed by an elephant during an anti-poaching operation in Malawi.

The Prime Minister did not have an update on Brexit, but insisted that she still wants to deliver on it.

When asked by Change UK MP Joan Ryan when the Prime Minister will "go back to the country with the people's vote," May said that her view has not changed "in the few minutes" since she answered a previous question on Brexit.

"This country has a bright future outside of the European Union," May said.

Conservative MP Andrea Jenkyns went as far as to call for May's resignation to which May responded that she was sorry so many councillors lost their seats.

"If it were an issue about me and how I vote, we would have already left the European Union," May said in response to Jenkyns.

Jeremy Corbyn challenged May repeatedly early on about the National Health Service (NHS) staffing shortage to which May countered that the NHS budget is increasing for the first time in its 70 year history. May said that is due to the government's "careful management" of the economy.

Conservative MP, Helen Whately, congratulated the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of their child and asked the Prime Minister if the government will offer paid paternity leave, to which May responded that the government will publish plans later on in the year.

Conservative MP Rebecca Pow asked the Prime Minister about net zero carbon emissions to which May responded that the government will respond to the committee on climate change report soon.

Labour MP Rupa Huq asked about cuts to London's Metropolitan Police, to which May responded that the police will be receiving an extra £1 billion.

Richard Drax, a Conservative MP and former Guardsman, congratulated the new Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt but said that being Defence Secretary was a "full time job."

Addressing the "implication" of his question, May responded that there was still a lot to do on equality in the armed forces and that Mordaunt was "absolutely the right person" to do the job.

The new Defence Secretary is also Minister for Women and Equalities.

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