Theresa May’s address to the nation – The salient points
Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday evening the delay to Article 50 is a “great personal regret” and that “it is now time for MPs to decide”.
In her statement, May said “I am not prepared to delay any Brexit any further than the 30th June.
Nearly three years have passed since the EU referendum. I came to office on a promise to deliver on that verdict.
MPs have been unable to agree on a way to implement Brexit. As a result we will now not leave on time with a deal on 29 March. This delay is a matter of great personal regret for me.
Of this I am sure, you the public have had enough… You are tired of MPs talking about nothing but Brexit when you have real concerns. I am on your side. It is now time for MPs to decide.
I have asked the EU to give us time to make a final choice on the Brexit deal.
Cancelling Brexit will do irreparable damage, not just in this generation of politicians but in the entire democratic process. So far parliament has done everything possible to avoid making a choice.
I am not prepared to delay Brexit any further than 30 June. Some argue that I am making the wrong choice and that I should ask for a longer extension to give more time for politicians to argue over the way forward. That would mean the UK fighting in EU elections. What kind of message would that send? And just how bitter and divisive would that election campaign be? At a time when the country desperately needs bringing back together
We asked you the question already and you gave us your answer, now you want us to get on with it and that is what I am determined to do.