Thursday 14 December 2017

The speech in soundbites: May outlines vision for a global Britain still 'best friend to EU'

British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives to deliver a speech on the government's plans for Brexit at Lancaster House in London. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives to deliver a speech on the government's plans for Brexit at Lancaster House in London. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

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"I want us to be a secure, prosperous, tolerant country, a magnet for international talent."

"I want us to be a truly global Britain, the best friend and neighbour to our European partners, but a country that reaches beyond the borders of Europe too.

A country that goes out into the world to build relationships with old friends and new allies alike."

 

"This government has a plan for Britain . . . That is why, as we continue to pay the deficit down, we will take a balanced approach by investing in our economic infrastructure, as it can transform the growth potential of our economy and improve the quality of people's lives across the whole country."

 

"(To EU nationals:) You will still be welcome in this country as we hope our citizens will be in yours."

 

"The result of the referendum was not a decision to turn inward and retreat from the world, because Britain's history and culture is profoundly internationalist.

"We are a European country and proud of our shared European heritage. But we are always a country that has looked beyond Europe to the wider world.

"That is why we are one of the most racially diverse countries in Europe."

 

"Our decision is not always understood by our friends and allies in Europe, and many fear the beginning of a great unravelling of the EU. But let me be clear. I do not want that to happen.

"It would not be in the best interest of Britain. It remains overwhelmingly and compellingly in Britain's best national interest for the EU to succeed."

 

"We will ensure we can control immigration to Britain from Europe.

"Our guiding principle must be to ensure that as we leave the European Union no new barriers to living or doing business within our own union are created.

"The United Kingdom will share a land border with the EU and maintaining that common travel area with the Republic of Ireland will be an important priority for the UK in the talks ahead."

Irish Independent

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