PMQs LIVE: May fires back at shock Brexit vote tonight 'We won't give Labour control!'

Posted on Jun 12 2019 - 1:11pm by admin

Mrs May defended her Government’s record, pointing to a racial disparity audit, “record investment” in northern transport infrastructure, NHS funding, a “record” employment rate, house building, a stamp duty cut and “leading the world” on climate change. She told Mr Corbyn: “That is a record of Conservatives in government that we are proud of and we will never let him destroy it.”

Their exchanges came ahead of a cross-party motion, backed by Labour, which aims to give MPs control of the Commons agenda on June 25 as part of a bid to stop the UK leaving without a deal on October 31.

Mrs May, facing questions from SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford, said the motion sought to “hand control” of business to the Commons before adding: “That is something we will not do.”

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Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs (Image: PA)

See below for live updates:

12.35pm update: May vows to honour referendum result

Mrs May told the Commons: “I believe we should be working on result of first referendum. We gave people the choice and they chose to leave the EU.”


12.32pm update: SNP leader mocked by May

SNP leader in Westminster Ian Blackford called for an end to “no-deal madness” and asked Mrs May to support a Labour motion that would block a no-deal Brexit.

Mr Blackford asked the Prime Minister: “Tonight, will you vote to stop any no-deal madness?”

Mrs May replied: “The motion that is on the table tonight is about whether or not the Government should hand control of business in this House to the Labour Party and the Scottish National Party, and that is something we will not do.

“Can I also say to you, you talk about the need to use this time wisely. Well you could have been using the time wisely had you voted for the deal we negotiated with the European Union, we would have left the European Union, and we would be out with an orderly exit.”

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Jeremy Corbyn quoted Ann Frank at PMQs (Image: PA)

12.21pm update: May “proud of Government’s record”

Mr Corbyn concluded by telling MPs the legacy of Mrs May’s Government is “one of failure” before adding she had failed to tackle burning injustices, protect pensioner benefits and take action to deal with flammable cladding following Grenfell.

He said: “They promised a Northern Powerhouse, they failed to deliver it and every northern newspaper is campaigning for this Government to ‘power up the north’.

“They promised net zero by 2050 yet they failed on renewables and are missing climate change targets. They promised an industrial strategy, output is falling.

“So which does the Prime Minister see as the biggest industrial failure of her Government – the car industry, the steel industry or the renewables industry?”

Mrs May replied: “He can pose for his YouTube clip as much as he likes, but let’s actually look at what this Government has delivered.”

She pointed to a racial disparity audit, “record investment” in northern transport infrastructure, NHS funding, a “record” employment rate, house building, a stamp duty cut and “leading the world” on climate change.

Mrs May added: “That is a record of Conservatives in government that we are proud of and we will never let him destroy it.”

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Theresa May at PMQs (Image: PA)


12.17pm update: Corbyn says “country in crisis”

Mr Corbyn told the Commons the country was in crisis and accused the Conservative Party of “foisting a new Prime Minister on the country without the country having a say”.

He said: “The country is in crisis over Brexit – manufacturing is in crisis. And the Tory Party is in the process of foisting a new PM on this country without a general election.”

He said: “Ford announced it would end production at Bridgend, and said no deal Brexit would put 6,000 jobs at risk. Nissan, Toyota, BMW and Jaguar Land Rover say similar.

“Will the Prime Minister reiterate that a no deal Brexit would be a disaster for Britain.

“I think some of her colleagues behind her need reminding of that.”

Mrs May said: “Only one party has a policy to make people in Scotland pay more tax and that’s SNP.”

12.11pm update: Corbyn quotes Ann Frank

Mr Corbyn started PMQs with a quote by Anne Frank, the young wartime victim of Nazis, who would have turned 90 today.

His remarks received and immediate backlash on social media. 

Journalist Dan Hodges wrote on Twitter: “Corbyn’s got some front kicking off PMQs by quoting Anne Frank.”

Another Twitter user wrote: “Corbyn used Anne Frank for self-aggrandising, blatantly virtue-signalling electoral gain, without an acknowledgement of his own failings in dealing with the same problem that caused her death. Disgusting.

“I hope Labour’s MPs will react to this. I am more and more ashamed of my party.”

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