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Theresa May defends Brexit deal on visit to Wales

The Prime Minister Theresa May has defended her proposed Brexit deal at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair in Builth Wells today.

She told ITV Wales her deal sets out a "very bright future" in terms of the trading relationship with the European Union, adding that the future of the Welsh economy is about ensuring that "our future is in our hands".

Asked about the number of MPs opposed to the deal, Mrs May said they need to think about "delivering on the Brexit deal... that's what this deal does. It ends free movement, it ends those vast annual sums going to the EU every year... and takes us out of the Common Agricultural Policy".

The Prime Minister has challenged UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to a Brexit TV debate, as part of her intensive two-week campaign to get her EU exit agreement through the Commons.

When asked whether there should be other voices taking part in the debate, including from Wales, Mrs May responded that "Jeremy Corbyn and I are leaders of parties that actually cover getting on for 90% of MPs in the Commons".

I'm going to be debating in the House of Commons with all parties across the House of Commons on the issue of the Brexit deal.

Jeremy Corbyn and I are leaders of parties that actually cover, getting on for 90% of MPs in the House of Commons.

This is a really important moment for our country. I have a deal, a clear deal that I believe is in the interests of the UK. I think it's right for people to hear what Jeremy Corbyn, what his views are, because those have been a little uncertain recently about exactly where he stands.

– Theresa May

When asked if she felt her TV debate could win the ratings battle with ITV's I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, she responded that nothing had been settled in terms of when the debate would take place.

I think this is an important moment for our country, and it's right that we treat it with the seriousness that it deserves. It's a big decision that we are taking.

– Theresa May

The First Minister Carwyn Jones responded to Theresa May's claims that her proposed Brexit deal would be good for Wales and the UK, saying the deal "does not protect and preserve the interests of Wales and the rest of the UK".

What is on the table does not secure frictionless trade and could lead to new trade barriers. The Prime Minister must not pursue a path that will damage the Welsh economy.

We have put forward practical, detailed, evidence based suggestions for a Brexit that would not cause needless damage. The Prime Minister has come a long way since her ill-advised red lines, but she needs to recognise we need the closest possible relationship with the EU.

– Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales

Ahead of the visit, Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price wrote to the Prime Minister saying Wales "deserves more than a day-trip".

As you visit Wales to sell your Brexit deal, I ask that you do not simply come to our nation as a matter of courtesy, but recognise our concerns and the need for proper democratic scrutiny and debate. As the Leader of the Party of Wales – Plaid Cymru, I would welcome the opportunity to debate the effect of your proposed exit from the EU on our nation – Wales – and the UK as a whole.

The Royal Welsh Showground, where you will visit today, is the home of Welsh agriculture – a sector that faces uncertainty on an unprecedented scale as a result of your proposed exit from the EU. A brief visit cannot allay concerns about the future of the Welsh rural economy. We deserve more than a day-trip.

– Adam Price, Plaid Cymru

On Monday, May battled a barrage of criticism over what some described as a 'botched' Brexit deal.

The Prime Minister's deal will be put to a vote of MPs next month but she faces a battle to get it through the House of Commons.