I do not for one moment resile from the fact
that we have shown great flexibility in the interest of reaching
an accommodation with our European friends, and achieving
the resolution for which we all yearn. If our European neighbours choose not to show a corresponding willingness to reach a deal,
then we shall have to leave on October 31st without an agreement.
And- And we are ready to do so. But that outcome would be a failure of statecraft
for which all parties would be held responsible. When I think of the conflicts that have wracked
Europe in the past, of the immense challenges that we have together surmounted, of the 74
years of peace and prosperity that we have together achieved, I believe that surely,
we can summon the collective will to reach a new agreement.
Mr. Speaker, this Government have moved; our proposals do represent a compromise; and I
hope that the House can now come together in the national interest behind this new deal
to open a new chapter of friendship with our European neighbours and move on to our domestic
priorities, including education, infrastructure and our NHS. So, Mr. Speaker, let us seize
this moment to honour our overriding promise to the British people, respect Brexit,
get Brexit done. And I commend this statement to the House. [Cheers]