Greening: The prime minister is stifling debate on Brexit

PUBLISHED: 16:29 17 December 2018 | UPDATED: 16:45 17 December 2018

Theresa May reacts to accusations she is stifling debate on Brexit. Photograph: Parliament Live.

Theresa May reacts to accusations she is stifling debate on Brexit. Photograph: Parliament Live.

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Theresa May has been accused of both "not listening" and stifling debate over Brexit in a powerful speech in the Commons.

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Tory Remain MP Justine Greening made the claims after the prime minister used her latest statement to the House of Commons to criticise those wanting a second vote.

Greening said that the fact MPs were not allowed to express an opinion was “unacceptable” and said it was wrong for her to criticise those proposing other solutions to work around the Brexit impasse.

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She said: “This is a constitutional crisis because this House is not being allowed to express its will on behalf of our communities, who are telling us they reject this deal. That is why MPs want to be able to vote against it.

“Can I say to the prime minister it is pointless criticising MPs in this House who are coming up with other solutions – whether a second referendum, Canada or Norway. We as a Parliament are trying to find a solution through the political cul-de-sac and mess we now find this country in.”

To a look of bewilderment from Theresa May, Greening said that the prime minister was “not allowing debate”.

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She called on the prime minister to allow for a vote on her Brexit plan before the Christmas break.

She explained: “It was clear back in the summer the prime minister’s deal was not going to success. She now isn’t just not listening - she is not allowing debate. This is totally unacceptable.”

However the prime minister denied trying to stifle debate, prompting a raucous reaction from fellow MPs in the Commons.

She responded: “We are not trying to stop debate!”

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“What I am doing is recognising and reflecting to the European Union the concerns expressed here in this House, and seeking ways that ensure members of this House have sufficient confidence these particular concerns have been addressed.”

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