A defiant Theresa May has insisted she will still be in a job in two weeks’ time after MPs have voted on her Brexit plan.
May told ITV’s This Morning: ‘At the end of the line it is, I think, about holding our nerve and getting this over the line so we can deliver on Brexit and people can have that better future.’
Asked if she would still have a job after the showdown vote, May said: ‘I will still have a job in two weeks’ time.
‘My job is making sure that we do what the public asked us to, we leave the EU but we do it in a way that is good for them.’
Pressed on whether she would resign if the Commons rejected her Brexit deal next week, May said: ‘I’m focusing on, you know, getting that vote, and getting the vote over the line.
‘Because this is, as I say, it’s an important moment in our history.
‘This is not a, sort of ‘oh, well, it’s just any old vote’. Actually, this is about delivering for what people voted for when they voted in that referendum to leave the EU.
‘I think that’s important for us as politicians to remember that.’
Referring to calls for a People’s Vote, the PM said: ‘People are talking about a second vote when we haven’t even delivered on the first vote.
‘We asked people to vote. We said ‘please decide whether we should leave or remain’.
‘People voted to leave and I think there’s a, sort of, democratic duty on us as politicians, having had that referendum, and having said it is your choice, to actually deliver on it.’
May said MPs should reflect on the Brexit deal and back it in the ‘national interest’.
May was speaking as demands grew for the government to release the full legal advice on the Withdrawal Agreement in order to avoid a major constitutional battle with Parliament.
Ministers have been accused of ignoring the will of the House after saying they will publish only a ‘full reasoned political statement’ on the legal position concerning the Withdrawal Agreement.
‘The government is to publish a command paper on the legal advice on the Brexit deal’, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said.
Asked whether this would contain the full legal advice given to the Government, the spokesman said: ‘It is a full-reasoned position statement as David Lidington set out in the House a few weeks ago.’