Theresa May has told her critics that getting rid of her as PM would not make delivering Brexit any easier.Mrs May defended last week's draft agreement for leaving the EU and said there was a "critical" week ahead.
Theresa May is renewing her efforts to sell her draft Brexit withdrawal agreement – saying it will stop EU migrants “jumping the queue”.
She said migration would become skills-based, with Europeans no longer prioritised over “engineers from Sydney or software developers from Delhi”.
The PM also insisted to business leaders at the CBI that her withdrawal deal has been “agreed in full”.
It comes as some Tory MPs continue to press for late changes to the deal.
Ministers from the remaining 27 EU countries have met in Brussels ahead of the deal being finalised on Sunday.
REUTERS|AIWA! NO!|LONDON – British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday she wanted any post-Brexit transition phase to have ended by the time the country is due to hold a national election in 2022.
Britain’s implementation, or transition phase, is expected to run until the end of 2020 but the European Union’s negotiator Michel Barnier has said it could be extended to allow details of the future relationship to be agreed.
“I think it is important that in delivering for the British people we are out of the implementation period before the next general election,” May said in a speech to business leaders in London.
Reporting by William James and James Davey; writing by Kate Holton; editing by Michael Holden