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Brexit: Theresa May vows to maintain UK's strength and integrity

Theresa May has pledged to keep the UK "strong and united" after Brexit as she marks a year to go until the UK's departure from the European Union.


Brexit: Theresa May vows to maintain UK's strength and integrity
Theresa May visit to England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales in a single day makes it obvious enough that the UK is leaving the EU as one. (Image Credit: Pixabay)

There are just months left to strike a deal on the future UK-EU relationship.

On 29 March 2019, the UK will officially leave the EU and will enter a 21-month transition period before the final arrangements start.

Today, Mrs May will visit a textile factory in Ayrshire, a parent and toddler group in Newcastle, have lunch with farmers near Belfast before meeting businesses in Barry, South Wales.

(Today, Mrs May will visit a textile factory in Ayrshire, a parent and toddler group in Newcastle, have lunch with farmers near Belfast before meeting businesses in Barry, South Wales)

Speaking ahead of her trip, Mrs May will vow to regain control of "our laws, our borders and our money" and that the UK will "thrive as a strong and united country that works for everyone, no matter whether you voted Leave or Remain".

With the Irish border remaining a sticking point, Mrs May will promise to ensure "no new barriers are created within our common domestic market".

Theresa May's message is suitably upbeat: "I'm determined our future will be a bright one", she said, ahead of her whistle-stop tour.

The prime minister pledged to defend the integrity of the UK which, as it prepares to leave the EU, she (perhaps pointedly) described as "the world's most successful union".

She insisted each of the devolved administrations would see "an increase in their decision-making powers" and that her government remained "absolutely committed" to the devolution settlements.

Since formal negotiations began between the two sides last June, an agreement has been struck on a Brexit divorce bill - but the crucial issue of how they will trade together is yet to be settled.


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