Speaking at the annual CBI conference in London, May told business leaders she is determined to deliver her Brexit plans.
She said: “We’ve worked hard to deliver a deal that puts jobs and livelihoods, prosperity and opportunity first.
Adding: “EU citizens will no longer be able to jump the queue ahead of engineers from Sydney or software developers from Delhi.”
May is trying to drum up business support for her controversial Brexit withdraw plan after a hammering last week. Several junior and senior ministers resigned including Brexit Secretary, Dominic Raab and Work and Pensions secretary, Esther McVey over the deal which sets out the terms of the UK’s departure, including how much money will be paid to the EU, details of the transition period, citizen’s rights and the Northern Ireland issue.
Members of the Eurosceptic ERC headed by Jacob Rees-Mogg slid a leadership content into motion by filling letters of no confidence to the 1922. As of now only 23 letters have been submitted to committee chair, Graham Brady with 48 needed to force a contest, though reports suggest the full set could be in by the end of the day.
Speaking on Sophy Ridge on Sunday, Theresa May warned internal critics against a bid, she said: “It is not going to make the negotiations any easier and it won’t change the parliamentary arithmetic.”
Asked if she had considered stepping down, May said: “No, I haven’t. Of course, it has been a tough week. Actually these negotiations have been tough right from the start but they were always going to get even more difficult right toward the end when we are coming to that conclusion.”
Ministers from the remaining 27 EU countries are meeting in Brussels to draft a political declaration setting out their future relationship with the UK, ahead of the deal being finalised on Sunday.