Mrs May insists she can get a 'good deal' for Britain
A day after unveiling her historic Brexit plan, the PM was looking forward to “positive and optimistic” talks with Euro counterparts.
Mrs May, who hopes she does not have to activate her threat to walk away without a new trade agreement, told MPs: “We want to get that good deal and we expect to be able to get that good deal.”
Her remarks followed a conciliatory response from many EU leaders to her keynote Brexit speech, making clear that the country will give up membership of the European Single Market.
Mrs May giving the Brexit speech at Lancaster House
We want to get that good deal and we expect to be able to get that good deal
Tories roared their approval as she arrived in the Commons to take her seat on the Government front bench a day after her address about Britain’s post-EU future.
In the speech at Lancaster House in central London on Tuesday, she starkly warned EU leaders that she would rather have no trade deal with the bloc than a bad deal.
But in a softer tone yesterday, she insisted she did not expect to be forced to walk out of the negotiations.
Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions, she said: “We want to get that good deal and we expect to be able to get that good deal.
“It is through good will and a positive approach on both sides that we will achieve it.
“I am very clear about the fact that the UK wants to see a continuing, strong European Union of 27 member states. We want a strong strategic partnership with that European Union, and we want to continue to work bilaterally with individual states.
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“I made that point to a number of European leaders yesterday.
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Continued cooperation with the EU to tackle terrorism and international crime.
“I said we wanted to approach this in a positive fashion, because I believe that a deal that is good for the UK will be a deal that is good for the European Union.”
Mrs May was responding to a question from former Tory Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt, who wanted to know if the “constructive tone” of her speech would be continued.
Earlier she had attacked Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for claiming her speech failed to give “certainty and clarity” about Brexit.
Accusing Mr Corbyn of failing to understand her vow to leave the Single Market, she said: “I’ve got a plan – he doesn’t have a clue.”