Theresa May: EU is trying to undermine Brexit, she says
Home Secretary Theresa May has claimed that the EU is “playing games” in the Brexit negotiations, with her remarks suggesting she could force the EU to give up on its commitments to free movement of people.
Speaking at a fringe event in London on Tuesday night, Ms May said she was “not prepared to be the person to say that this is the right thing for Britain to do”.
Ms May, who is seeking re-election to the role, said the EU was “playing tricks” in a “shameful game” and was “seeking to undermine the good work we are doing here at home”.
“This is a country where we’ve been here since 1851, we’ve always been here, and the EU has never said, ‘We don’t want you here’,” she said.
“We are a free nation, we have the right to live here and we are entitled to do what we want.”
Ms May also criticised the European Commission for not providing more details about its Brexit plans in a bid to persuade Britain to stay in the bloc.
They don’t understand that this isn’t the end of Europe, this is a process. “
They’re playing games with Britain because they don’t know what Brexit is.
“And we’re going to have to do our best to keep them to themselves, and we’re not going to be able to do that if we try to be a spoiler.” “
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And we’re going to have to do our best to keep them to themselves, and we’re not going to be able to do that if we try to be a spoiler.”
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Theresa May, home secretary, says Brexit negotiations are “about getting the right deal for Britain” but warns there is a risk the EU will take “unprecedented steps” to undermine Britain’s accession talks in Brussels.
She told the crowd that EU member states had agreed to hold a special meeting to discuss a potential trade deal with Britain, but warned it could not be “bought off”.
“This is the time for us to put our hands up and say we want a trade deal and we want it to be as good as we can get it,” she added.
The prime minister also attacked her EU counterparts for failing to provide the public with details of the government’s Brexit plans.
“We’ve had no transparency,” she told the event.
“In the end, we’re just trying to get the right bargain for Britain.”
“It’s a bit like trying to negotiate a marriage and then you get to the end and you can’t say how it’s going to end,” she continued.
“You have to be open, you have to make a decision, you’ve got to explain why.”
Mrs May also rejected calls for her to quit the Cabinet in the run-up to Brexit talks.
Asked about her concerns over the EU’s plans, she said: “I don’t see it happening.”
But she warned: “Theresa, you are not the person who will be the one to tell the British people how they’re going have to live their lives in this country.”
‘I’m not prepared to let that happen’ Home Secretary, Theresa May, is in the running to succeed Boris Johnson as home secretary and take the UK out of the EU.
Speaking to the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Ms Williams said she would not be intimidated by the prospect of losing her seat in the Conservative Party’s leadership election next month.
When asked if she could be persuaded to resign, Ms Williamson said she had no intention of doing so.
Instead, she argued that the public should be “taken care of”.
“I’m here to make sure we can do this, I’m here for the people of Britain, I don’t think we should be intimidated,” she replied.
Brexit ‘very difficult’, PM says, but no plans to quit EU She said the UK was “very close” to leaving the EU, but she would continue to fight for it, saying that the UK had not yet “tried the hardest exit”.
She said that, as she said in a recent interview, she believed Brexit “was very difficult”, but she was not “going to give that up” and she would “fight on”.
Ms Williams said that she would be prepared to make concessions to the EU in order to win the deal that would bring her home.
But, she added, the UK must also do what it can to maintain its membership of the single market and customs union.
In an interview with the BBC, Ms Johnson said that it would be “very difficult” for Theresa May to get a deal that is better than Brexit.
However, he said he was “open to a compromise” and “hopes” a deal could be reached “within weeks”.
But he warned that it was