It’s time for us to come together, put the national interest first and deliver on the referendum.
Theresa May addressed the press after surviving a no-confidence vote earlier on Wednesday. The highlights of her speech follow:
I believe it’s my duty to deliver on will of the people to leave the EU. The focus must now be on finding a way forward on Brexit. Events of last 24 hours will have been unsettling for those away from Westminster.
It’s time for us to come together, put the national interest first and deliver on the referendum. This is now the time to put self-interest aside. I’ve just held meetings with the Lib Dems and the Westminster leaders of SNP and Plaid Cymru.
She expressed her disappointment that Corbyn has yet to take part in talks, but our door remains open.
Jeremy Corbyn has refused to meet Theresa May for talks to find a way out of the Brexit crisis, saying it would be impossible until she rules out a no-deal outcome.
The Labour leader said he could not accept Ms May’s invitation because the idea of a no-deal Brexit is a “catastrophe” he cannot countenance.
The prime minister made her offer of cross-party talks to break the Brexit impasse after she won a vote of no confidence in the House of Commons on Wednesday that had been brought by Mr Corbyn