Last night, MPs backed our new deal which could have guaranteed we get Brexit done on 31 October. But once again, Labour voted for more dither and pointless delay.

  • The Prime Minister has done what many said he could not; we have renegotiated a great new deal which allows us to leave the EU without disruption and has now won the support of the House of Commons.
  • Because Labour and the Liberal Democrats failed to back our timetable to get Brexit done on 31 October, we now face further uncertainty and the EU must now make up their minds over how to answer Parliament’s request for a delay – our policy remains we should not delay, and we should leave the EU on 31 October.
  • As a result we are taking the only responsible course of action and accelerating our preparations for a no deal outcome.
  • Only by getting Brexit done can we address the issues that matter to people and get on with delivering the country the brighter future it deserves.

Put simply, this new deal means:

  • Britain is out of all EU laws. We will be able to change our laws in a huge number of areas – from product standards to fishing rules to farming subsidies – where we are currently bound by EU rules.
  • We will be able to strike our own free trade deals. We will have an unqualified right to strike our own trade deals around the world, and the whole UK will participate in them.
  • European Court direct jurisdiction ends in Great Britain. It will be our courts, applying our laws, which will be the highest authority in the land.
  • We will be in control of our taxes. We will be able to change VAT rules and other tax laws that are currently determined by Brussels.
  • Northern Ireland will be in the UK customs territory. There is now no doubt that Northern Ireland remains part of the UK’s customs territory and will benefit from the free trade deals we strike.
  • The anti-democratic backstop has been abolished. The people of Northern Ireland will be in charge of the laws that they live by, and – unlike the backstop – will have the right to end the special arrangement if they so choose.

Jeremy Corbyn and Labour don’t want to talk about Brexit because they don’t have anything to say – so they have decided to spread lies about the NHS instead.

  • They have decided not to decide what their position is on Brexit, and instead, they are trying to score political points by scaring the most vulnerable in our society – the very people they claim to represent.
  • These lies show that Labour will stop at nothing to hide that their Brexit position is more just more delay, more confusion, and more indecision.
  • The NHS is not for sale, never has been, and never will be. Any suggestion otherwise is simply untrue and just a blatant political manoeuvre by Labour to distract from their failings.

Today, we are announcing a bold new initiative which will see communities empowered with funding to protect the historic sites from development.

  • We want to protect the historic buildings which are important to local communities and play a significant part in local identity. The listing process has ensured some of England’s most special and distinctive historic buildings have been protected, but many buildings that are important locally have gone unrecognised.
  • That’s why we are empowering local people to nominate heritage sites which are important to them to ensure they get the support they need. Backed by a £700,000 fund and a team of heritage experts we can ensure important local monuments are no longer left neglected and unloved.
  • This means we can keep local communities’ unique identities thriving, ensuring that the historic buildings which define a community’s identity will be protected for the decades to come.

The Education Secretary has announced support programmes backed by £19 million of new funding to improve the life chances of vulnerable young people leaving care.

  • Young people leaving care face enormous barriers in their lives as they move towards independence. We have a responsibility to provide them with a greater sense of stability and purpose in adulthood.
  • We will use this new funding to ensure that care leavers have stable homes, are supported to live independently, and access further education. Alongside this £19 million package, we will deliver 1,000 internships for care leavers to help them secure long term, quality jobs.
  • This will mean young people leaving care will have the best opportunities in life – the security of a stable home, a quality job and the independence they deserve.