Can I say in response how welcome it is, that I am even pleased that for the first time in this long saga, this house has already accepted his responsibilities together, got together, and embraced a bargain?
I congratulate the esteemed members around the house on the scale of our collective achievement because, just a few weeks ago, no one thought we could reopen the withdrawal agreement, let alone cancel the subsidies. That’s what they were saying.
Certainly no one thought we could get the homeowner to agree to a new deal and we should not lose sight of the significance of this moment.
I pay special tribute to the House of Representatives who were skeptical, had difficulties and doubts, and who decided to put the national interest before any other consideration.
I have to express my disappointment that the Council has again voted in favor of a delay, rather than a timetable that would have ensured that the UK would be in a position to leave the European Union on October 31 with an agreement.
We are now facing more uncertainty and the European Union must decide how to respond to Parliament’s request for a delay. The first result, Mr. Speaker of Parliament, is that the government must take the only responsible course and accelerate our preparations to reach the conclusion of not reaching a deal.