Leaving the EU

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:48 pm on 21st January 2019.

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Photo of Theresa May Theresa May The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party 3:48 pm, 21st January 2019

I am not sure whether it is appropriate for me to comment on my hon. Friend’s husky intelligibility at this point, Mr Speaker.

May I say to my hon. Friend that it is important for this country to continue to have good relations with the European Union once we have left? Working to leave with a deal that is agreed by both sides will help in that regard. People have focused on the backstop in the withdrawal agreement and often on the trade aspects, but the security aspects—the arrangements with the European Union to enable us to continue to work together on matters such as dealing with terrorism and organised crime—will be important in the future.