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London, England - 15 November 2018
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1. SOUNDBITE (English) Theresa May, British Prime Minister:
"Thank you, Mr Speaker. And with permission I would like to update the house on our negotiations to leave the European Union.
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Theresa May, British Prime Minister:
"Yesterday we agreed the provisional terms of our exit from the European Union, set out in the draft withdrawal agreement. We also agreed the broad terms of our future relationship in an outline political declaration."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Theresa May, British Prime Minister:
"It is a draft treaty. That means that we will leave the EU in a smooth and orderly way on 29th March 2019. (Laughter from some members of parliament).
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Theresa May, British Prime Minister:
"The Brexit talks are about acting in the national interest. And that means, and that means making what I believe to be the right choices, not the easy ones."
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeremy Corbyn, leader of UK Labour Party:
"The withdrawal agreement and the outline political declaration represent a huge and damaging failure. After two years of bungled negotiations the government has produced a botched deal that breaches the prime minister's own red lines and does not meet our six tests."
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeremy Corbyn, leader of UK Labour Party:
The Government, Mr. Speaker, is in chaos. Their deal risks leaving the country in an indefinite halfway house without a real say."
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7. SOUNDBITE (English) Dominic Raab, former Brexit secretary:
"Well, I felt the proposed deal with the EU suffered two fatal flaws. The first one is the rather predatory terms being proposed by the EU, which I feel would threaten the integrity of the United Kingdom. And secondly in relation to the so-called backstop, basically what that would do is indefinitely, if not permanently, lock us into a regime, which I believe would be damaging to the economy but devastating for public trust in our democracy."
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Jacob Rees-Mogg, Leading Pro-Brexit Lawmaker
"The Conservative party is likely to be full of talent and there are many, many people - you asked me that on the stairs coming down. Ok, well who do you want me to start with?"
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Jacob Rees-Mogg, Leading Pro-Brexit Lawmaker
"You have streams of talent within the Conservative Party who would be very capable of leading a proper Brexit."
Two British Cabinet ministers, including Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, resigned Thursday in opposition to the divorce deal struck by Prime Minister Theresa May with the EU - a major blow to her authority and her ability to get the deal through Parliament.
As pro-Brexit Conservatives called for a no-confidence vote in their leader, a defiant May insisted Brexit meant making "the right choices, not the easy ones" and urged lawmakers to support the deal "in the national interest."
"The choice is clear," May told the House of Commons. "We can choose to leave with no deal. We can risk no Brexit at all. Or we can choose to unite and support the best deal that can be negotiated - this deal."
But the resignations, less than a day after the Cabinet collectively backed the draft divorce agreement, weakened May and emboldened her rivals within her Conservative Party.
Leading pro-Brexit lawmaker Jacob Rees-Mogg called for a vote of no-confidence in May, a move that could trigger more demands for her ouster.
Under Conservative rules, a confidence vote in the leader is triggered if 15 percent of Conservative lawmakers - currently 48 - write a letter to the party's 1922 Committee of backbenchers, which oversees leadership votes.
Rees-Mogg said in his letter that the Brexit deal was "worse than anticipated" and May had lost the confidence of her lawmakers.
Only committee chairman Graham Brady knows for sure how many letters have been sent, but Rees-Mogg's letter is likely to spur others to do the same.
Raab said in his resignation letter that "I cannot in good conscience support the terms proposed for our deal with the EU."
"I cannot reconcile the terms of the proposed deal with the promises we made."
Raab is the second Brexit Secretary that May has lost - David Davis, who like Raab backed Brexit in the U.K.'s June 2016 referendum on its membership of the EU, quit in July of this year.
Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey followed Raab out the door. She said in a letter that it is "no good trying to pretend to (voters) that this deal honors the result of the referendum when it is obvious to everyone that it doesn't."
The departures - several junior ministers have also quit - are a further sign that many supporters of Brexit won't back May in a vote in Parliament on the deal. That prompted a big fall in the value of the pound, which was trading 1.3 percent lower at $1.2829.
Pro-Brexit politicians say the agreement, which calls for close trade ties between the U.K. and the bloc, would leave Britain a vassal state, bound to EU rules that it has no say in making.
Before Parliament votes on the deal - the culmination of a year and a half of negotiations between the two sides - EU leaders have to give their backing. On Thursday, EU chief Donald Tusk called for a summit of leaders to take place on Nov. 25 so they can rubber-stamp the draft deal reached by officials earlier this week.
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