Mr Speaker, turning to Brexit, following last week's vote, it is clear that the government's approach had to change. And it has. Having established the confidence of parliament in this government, I've listened to colleagues across parliament from different parties and with different views.
I regret. I regret that the right honourable gentleman, the leader of the opposition, has not chosen to take part, so far..
I hope he will reflect on that decision. Given the importance of this issue, we should all be prepared to work together to find a way forward.
In the next few days, my ministerial colleagues and I will continue to meet with members on all sides of the House and with representatives of the trade unions, business groups, civil society, and others, as we try to find the broadest possible consensus on a way forward. Whilst I will disappoint those colleagues that hope to secure a second referendum, I do not believe that there is a majority in this House for such a path.
And whilst I want to deliver a deal with the EU, I cannot support the only other way in which to take no deal off the table, which is to revoke Article 50.
So my focus continues to be on what is needed to secure the support of this House in favour of a Brexit deal with the EU. And my sense so far is that three key changes are needed. First, we'll be more flexible, open, and inclusive in the future in how we engage parliament in our approach to negotiating our future partnership with the European Union.
Second, we will invent the strongest possible protections on workers' rights and the environment. And third, we will work to identify how we can ensure that our commitment to no hard border in Northern Ireland and Ireland can be delivered in a way that commands the support of this House and the European Union. In doing so, we will honour the mandate of the British people and leave the European Union in a way which benefits every part of our United Kingdom and every citizen of our country. And I commend this statement to the House.