Well, at 20 minutes to 5, we can now say the British people have spoken and the answer is: we are out. The sun has risen on an
independent United Kingdom. There’s no hiding the fact that
we wanted a different outcome. This does not mean that the United Kingdom
will be in any way less united. I do not think it would be right for me to try to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination. We are living through an important moment
in our country’s history. We will make Britain a country that works not for a privileged few, but for every one of us. That will be the mission of the government I lead and together we will build a better Britain. What do you think about Brexit?
What’s that? Doesn’t it mean it will be harder to like
go to like Spain and stuff? So it will be harder to go on holiday?
Yeah, I think so. Oh, I love my holidays. With the hand delivery of a letter, Britain said goodbye to the European Union on Wednesday. I will not pretend that I’m happy today.
We already miss you. I’m deeply sad. To leave the European Union will be
a hard burden for Great Britain. Are you tempted in any way to call a snap election? I don’t think there’s a need for an election. It would bring further uncertainty to people. A general election would give them instability. I’m not going to be calling a snap election. I have just chaired a meeting of the cabinet where we agreed that the government should call a general election. Britain is leaving the European Union
and there can be no turning back. You’re joking. Not another one! There’s too much politics going on at the moment. Why does she need to do it? Strong and stable leadership. Do you mind? Stop being so rude. Brexit means Brexit. This is completely catastrophic for the Conservatives. She didn’t have to call this election.
She did it in a pique of arrogance. This morning it doesn’t look like a strong government.
It doesn’t look like a stable government. At this time, more than anything else,
this country needs a period of stability. The prime minister has spoken with me this morning and we will enter discussions with the Conservatives. This white line is in the United Kingdom.
This yellow line is in the Republic of Ireland. Cabinet arrived at the prime minister’s country retreat this morning for the final act. We’ve had good, in-depth, detailed discussions today. The British foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, has quit. David Davis is out. The late-night resignation comes as a big blow to British prime minister Theresa May. She has just danced on to the stage, I am not joking.
She danced on to the stage. Oh my days. To put it bluntly, crunch time is coming for
the prime minister. The deal is the best deal possible.
It’s the only deal possible. This empty document could have been
written two years ago. What has been achieved today is not Brexit. Order! The ayes to the right 202, the noes to the left 432. Order! The ayes to the right 242, the noes to the left 391. Order! The ayes to the right 312, the noes to the left 308. The house has today provided a clear majority
against leaving without a deal. However, I will repeat what I have said before. European Union leaders have granted the UK
a six-month extension to Brexit. I will shortly leave the job that has been
the honour of my life to hold. I do so with gratitude, to have had the opportunity
to serve the country I love. The people who bet against Britain are going to lose because we are going to restore trust in our democracy. Without doubt, the battle lines on Brexit
have been drawn deeper. Trying to shut down parliament is not democracy,
it’s dictatorship. This court has concluded that the prime minister’s advice to Her Majesty was unlawful, void and of no effect. After its departure, the UK will become an outsider,
a second rate player. We have a deal.
Now is the moment for us to get Brexit done. He has renegotiated the withdrawal agreement
and made it even worse. Keep marching. We must stop Brexit. There’s only one way to get Brexit done in the face of this unrelenting parliamentary obstructionism. Corbyn was a disaster on the doorstep. We did it. We pulled it off, didn’t we? The only reason we are going to get any form of Brexit is because we had a referendum. Left to Westminster, none of this would ever have happened. I understand that, but …