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May has finally managed to unite Parliament

Sue Wilson, Chair of Bremain in Spain, outside Westminster
Sue Wilson, Chair of Bremain in Spain, outside Westminster
November 15, 2018, Valencia, Spain. Press Dispensary. With the latest instalments in the Brexit cliff-hanger being watched avidly worldwide, Sue Wilson, chair of Bremain in Spain ( ( ), comments on Theresa May's tough week and the state of play so far.

Says Wilson: "If Theresa May thought her week couldn't get any tougher following last night's five-hour Cabinet meeting, she was sadly mistaken. As well as losing Cabinet ministers and the second head of the Brexit department in a matter of months, May endured hours of tough questions from all sides of the house."

"May told Parliament that her deal would honour the referendum result by 'taking back control of our money, laws and borders' and protecting business and jobs. Very few ministers agreed with that assessment, and only a handful expressed any support. They were right not to - it's just not true."

"No matter how frequently May repeats the mantra that her deal is in 'the best interests of the country', the majority in the House disagrees. It's the only issue on which May has united all sides - whether Tory or opposition, Remainer or Leaver. Her deal may have scraped through Cabinet but it will not get through the House of Commons."

She concludes: "Long ago, we ruled out any chance that our rights as EU citizens would remain intact in the event of Brexit. With May focused on restricting the freedom of movement of EU citizens in the UK, our freedom of movement was always going to be at risk. Clearly, the only way to protect ourselves and the country is to stay in the EU. Judging by the questions raised by politicians of all persuasions in the House this afternoon, our chances of another referendum just increased. Parliament recognised today that any deal outside the EU can only be a shadow of what we have as a member state. Give the public the chance, and it will come to the same conclusion."

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Notes for editors
Bremain in Spain is a pro-European group campaigning to protect the rights of British migrants living and working in the European Union. The group believes the best way to guarantee the protection of all existing rights and freedoms is to #StopBrexit. It supports the #PeoplesVote campaign to give the public a final say on the Brexit deal. Bremain in Spain is a not-for-profit association headed by Chair, Sue Wilson, and run by a dedicated team of volunteers. It is a member of Britain for Europe, a partner of European Movement and one of a coalition of UK citizens’ groups, British in Europe.

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