European Council

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:43 pm on 17th December 2018.

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Photo of Theresa May Theresa May The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party 3:43 pm, 17th December 2018

Everybody in this Government recognises that this Parliament gave people the decision on whether or not to leave. People went out and 17.4 million people chose that we should leave the European Union. They did so for a variety of reasons—ending free movement was a reason for many of them, but for many of them a reason was also the concept of wanting a United Kingdom able to stand independent in the world, to make those trade deals around the rest of the world, but to be free of the bureaucracy of Brussels; that was another reason people voted to leave. They did that with their hearts and with their heads and with the best of intentions, and it is our job to deliver on the vote they gave.