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The Prime Minister responded amid Labour’s request for precise detail of the Government’s Brexit plans even before it begins exit negotiations.

Last night, Mr Corbyn’s party sent a list of 170 questions to the Government on Britain’s departure from the EU.

Labour are also demanding a House of Commons’ vote on Brexit plans even before Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty – the legal mechanism for quitting the bloc – is triggered.

Responding to Mr Corbyn’s doom-laden comments on Brexit during the weekly Prime Minister’s Questions this afternoon, Theresa May said: “Unlike the Right Honourable Gentleman I’m optimistic about the prospects of this country once we leave the EU.

“I’m optimistic about the trade deals that other countries now actively are coming to us to say they want to do with the UK.

“And I’m optimistic about how we will be able to ensure our economy grows outside of the EU.

“But I have to say to the Right Honourable Gentleman on this issue, Labour didn’t want a referendum on this issue, we gave them, the Conservatives gave them a referendum.

“Labour didn’t like the result, we are listening to the British people and delivering on that result.”

Turning her gaze on shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry, the Prime Minister took a dig at the Labour membership’s recent decision to re-elect Mr Corbyn as party leader, despite his deep unpopularity among the overwhelming majority of Labour MPs.

Mrs May said: “The shadow foreign secretary wants a second vote, I have to say to her I would have thought Labour MPs would have learned this lesson. 

“You can ask the same question again but you still get the answer you don’t want.”

The Prime Minister has consistently ruled out holding a parliamentary vote on the UK’s negotiating position before Article 50 is invoked.

Later in Prime Minister’s Questions, Ms Thornberry raised a point of order saying she was not in favour of a second EU referendum.

She told the House: “I never have been and I am not, and I just wanted to make sure that the record was made clear.”

Mr Corbyn had earlier turned to the words of former Tory chancellor and europhile Ken Clarke on Brexit as he told Mrs May: “What he said was, in his own inimitable way, ‘The reason the pound keeps zooming south is that absolutely nobody has the faintest idea exactly what we’re going to put in place’.

“We on these benches do respect the decision of the British people to leave the EU but this is a Government which drew up no plans for Brexit, that now has no strategy for negotiating Brexit and offers no clarity, no transparency and no chance of scrutiny of the process for developing a strategy.

“The jobs and incomes of millions of our people are at stake, the pound is plummeting, business is worrying and the Government has no answers.

“The Prime Minister says she won’t give a running commentary.

“But isn’t it time the Government stopped running away from the looming threat to jobs and businesses in this country and the living standards of millions of people?”

The Labour leader has also used his six questions to ask if retaining access to the EU’s single market is a “red line” for the Government.

He reminded Mrs May: “Someone once said that leaving the single market would risk a loss of investors and business and we risk going backwards when it comes to international trade.

“That person is now the Prime Minister and that was before the referendum.”

Mrs May told Mr Corbyn: “What we are going to do is deliver on the vote of the British people and leave the European Union.

“What we are going to do is be ambitious in our negotiations to negotiate the best deal for the British people – and that will include the maximum possible access to the European market for firms to trade with and operate within the European market.

“I’m also clear that the vote of the British people said we should control the movement of people from the EU into the UK – and unlike you, we believe we should deliver on what the British people want.”

She also told the Labour leader: “We will be leaving the EU and in doing that we will negotiate the right deal for the UK, which means the right deal in terms of operating within and trading with the European market.

“That’s what matters to companies here in the UK, and that’s what we’re going to be ambitious about delivering.”

Prime Minister’s Questions preceded a Labour-led debate on what role Parliament should play in Brexit.

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