Speaking in Brussels after a late session with EU leaders, Mrs May laid her Brexit failure solely on MPs. Despite continually delaying Brexit, Mrs May insisted if Parliament had backed her deal, the UK would already have left the EU. In a defiant speech, the Prime Minister also insisted that it is her main goal to leave the Eu “as soon as possible”.
Speaking at the press conference Mrs May said: “Over the last three months I have voted three times to leave the EU.
“If sufficient numbers of Parliament had voted with me, we’d have left already.”
Despite previously telling MPs that she will not look for an extension beyond June 30, Mrs May rowed back as the EU granted the UK an extension until October 31.
Mrs May will now return to Parliament as she sets out the UK’s course of action ahead of another EU summit on June 3.
The Prime Minister added: “I do not pretend that the next few weeks will be easy, or there is a simple way to break the deadlock in Parliament.
“But we have a duty as politicians to find a way to fulfil the democratic decision of the referendum, deliver Brexit and move our country forward.
“Nothing is more pressing or more vital.”
Emphasising that she wants to leave the EU as quickly as possible, Mrs May insisted that Parliament must find a resolution to this continuing problem.
She concluded: “I sincerely regret the fact that I have not yet been able to persuade Parliament to approve a deal which would allow the UK to leave in a smooth and orderly way.
“But the choices we now face are stark, and the timetable is clear.
“So we must now press on at pace with our efforts to reach consensus on a deal which is in the national interest.”
Before Mrs May’s press conference, Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Junker spoke of their pleasure that all parties had come to an agreement.
The pair also left the door open to the UK asking for another extension further down the line.
Speaking on the chances of another extension and Brexit as a whole Mr Tusk said: “I am too old to exclude another scenario like this. It’s possible.”