'The Titanic's journey was 95% done too' - May mocked for Brexit update
PUBLISHED: 16:37 22 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:33 23 October 2018
Theresa May's insistence that her Brexit deal is 95% complete aimed to win over Tory MPs - but was widely ridiculed both online and offline.
The prime minister said that the “shape of the deal across the vast majority” of the withdrawal agreement was now clear.
She told the Commons that “important progress” has been made on issues like security, transport and services.
“And all of this from the last three weeks alone, is in addition to the agreements we had already reached.”
Therefore she believed that “taking all of this together, 95% of the withdrawal agreement and its protocols are now settled”.
But she warned: “As I set out last week, the original backstop proposal from the EU was one we could not accept, as it would mean creating a customs border down the Irish Sea and breaking up the integrity of the UK.
“I do not believe that any UK prime minister could ever accept this. And I certainly will not.”
The claim that her plan is “95% complete” - 851 days since the UK voted to leave the European Union - has been ridiculed both on social media and in the Commons.
Lord Adonis said: “May’s Brexit deal is 95% complete - like a plane is 95% complete without the right wing.”
Labour’s Peter Dowd told the Commons: “May I remind the House that 95% of the Titanic’s journey was completed successfully.”