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UK Parliament begins debate on Brexit deal

Thursday, December 6, 2018

On Tuesday, the United Kingdom Parliament started five days of debates ahead of a vote over Prime Minister Theresa May's deal to leave the European Union.

File photo of Theresa May, 2017.
Image: Controller of Her Majesty's Stationery Office/ Andrew Parson.

The deal being debated is a withdrawal agreement for the United Kingdom (UK)'s exit from the European Union (EU), and a political framework defining ambitions for the future of the UK–EU relationship.

Cquote1.svg I have spent nearly two years negotiating this deal Cquote2.svg

—Theresa May

In a statement to the House of Commons shortly before debates began, Theresa May said "I have spent nearly two years negotiating this deal [...] I have lost valued colleagues along the way, I have faced fierce criticism from all sides. If I had banged the table, walked out of the room, and at the end of the process delivered the very same deal that is before us today, some might say that I'd done a better job."

Following the debates, a vote in the House of Commons is to determine if the deal will be implemented. The vote is scheduled for next Tuesday, December 11.


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