The cabinet has just had a long detailed and impassioned debate on the draft withdraw agreement. And to the outlying political declaration on our future relationship with the European Union. I firmly believe that the draft withdraw agreement was the best that could be negotiated, and it was for the cabinet to decide whether to move on in the talks.
The choices before us were difficult, particularly in relation to the Northern Ireland backstop. But the collective decision of cabinet was that the government should agree the draft withdrawal agreement and the outlying political declaration. The choice before us is clear, this deal which delivers on the vote of the referendum, which brings back control of our money, laws, and orders, ends free movement, protects jobs, security, and our union, or leave with no deal or no Brexit at all.
I know that there will be difficult days ahead, this is a decision which will come under intense scrutiny and that is entirely as it should be, and entirely understandable. But the choice was this deal which enable us to take back control and to build a brighter future for our country.
All going back to square one, with more division, more uncertainty, and a failure to deliver on the referendum.