Mrs May told MPs in the House of Commons: “As I reported to the House last Monday, the shape of the deal across the vast majority of the Withdrawal Agreement is now clear.
“Since Salzburg we have agreed the broad scope of provisions that set out the governance and dispute resolution arrangements for our Withdrawal Agreement.”
Mrs May said that the UK Government had now developed protocols for UK Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus, and a protocol for Gibraltar with Spain.
She said: “This progress in the last three weeks builds on the areas where we have already reached agreement – on citizens’ rights, on the financial settlement, on the Implementation Period, and in Northern Ireland, agreement on the preservation of the particular rights for UK and Irish citizens – and on the special arrangements between us such as the Common Travel Area, which has existed since before either the UK or Ireland ever became members of the European Economic Community.
She insisted: “When I stood in Downing Street and addressed the nation for the first time, I pledged that the Government I lead will not be driven by the interests of the privileged few, but of ordinary working families.”
She was immediately interrupted by a roar of mockery from the opposition benches.
The humiliating moment came as Mrs May defended her Brexit negotiations, including the notion that the UK might ask for an extension to the transition period to avoid the Northern Ireland backstop.
“There are some limited circumstances in which it could be argued that an extension to the implementation period might be preferable if we were certain it was only for a short time,” She said.
“A short extension to the implementation period would mean only one set of changes for businesses at the point we move to the future relationship.”
And she said any such arrangement would have to be completed “well before” the parliament ends in June 2022 – which would be six years after the Brexit vote.
She said: “Any such scenario we would have to be out of this implementation period well before the end of this parliament.”
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