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Mike slams “empty vessel caretaker Prime Minister “

Monday 23rd October 2017 -

Mike Gapes (Labour/Co-operative, Ilford South): The Prime Minister used her new mantra of a “deep and special partnership” three times in the statement, even though the lack of progress, the business uncertainty and the splits in her Government mean that in reality, the phrase “deep and special” is the new “strong and stable”—an empty slogan from an empty-vessel caretaker Prime Minister. [Interruption.]

John Bercow (Speaker of the House of Commons): Order. Gosh, it really is a day of name-calling. I cannot imagine that that is the sort of behaviour I would ever have indulged in.

Theresa May (The Prime Minister): I say to the hon. Gentleman that what we saw at the European Council was the EU27 moving towards their own discussions about what that deep and special partnership will be in the future.

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