Today (Tuesday 14 March 2017) Mike Gapes MP questioned Prime Minister May on her sstatement on last week’s European Council, and the next steps in preparing to trigger Article 50 and beginning the process of leaving the European Union.
An extract of their exchange is below:
Mike Gapes (Labour/Co-operative, Ilford South): The practice and experience in complex negotiations, such as in Northern Ireland, is that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed. Does the Prime Minister agree that that will be the case here? If so, and given that she said that no deal is preferable to a bad deal, how can British citizens living in EU countries or EU citizens living in the UK believe that there will be any resolution of the uncertainty?
Theresa May (The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party): The hon. Gentleman cites experience as the model for what will happen in our negotiations, but I do not look at these matters in that way. When we invoke article 50, we will start those negotiations, and we have already been in discussions with other European leaders about the importance of reassuring UK citizens living in the 27 member states and EU citizens living here on their status and their future. As I have said in answer to several questions, including one from Kate Hoey, I believe that there is genuine good will on both sides on this issue, and that is why I want it to be an early part of the negotiations.