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The Battle Over Brexit

UK's May vows 'to see this through'

November 15, 2018 - 1:02 pm

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May says if politicians reject her Brexit deal, it will set the country on "a path of deep and grave uncertainty."

Defiant in the face of mounting criticism, May said Thursday she believed "with every fiber of my being" that the deal her government struck with the European Union was the right one.

Two Cabinet ministers have resigned in the 24 hours since the government backed the deal announced Tuesday. An increasing number of lawmakers from May's Conservative Party are calling for a no-confidence vote on the prime minister.

She told reporters she isn't planning to give up and would resist a leadership challenge, saying "Am I going to see this through? Yes."

Businesses and trade groups have given tentative approval to the draft Brexit deal while also calling for more details, highlighting lingering questions about the final agreement.

It's a "positive step," said Mike Hawes, CEO of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, a U.K. auto industry trade group. However, he added that businesses still seek "certainty and ambition when it comes to securing a competitive future."

Airbus CEO Tom Enders said the draft agreement "is a welcome first step forwards but there clearly remains much work to do." The European plane maker said in June it would have to reassess its long-term plans for Britain if there were no Brexit deal.

"We look forward to further clarity and the removal of uncertainty as soon as possible so that Airbus, like every business in the U.K., can properly plan for the future," Enders said in a statement.