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PM Theresa May sets out Brexit plans

Monday, October 03, 2016


Theresa May has set out the government's plans for Brexit at the start of Conservative Party Conference 2016.

Speaking at the start of the conference in Birmingham Mrs May said it is up to the government not to question the instruction of the British people. The PM also stated that Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which will be triggered no later than March 2017, can be triggered by the government. Anyone who says it has to go through both Houses of Parliament Mrs May claimed were trying to subvert democracy and are insulting the intelligence of the British people. 

The Prime Minister also had a strong message for the devolved regions. The PM set out that she would work with the devolved governments but the job of negotiating our relationship is the governments. Mrs May said, we voted as the UK, we will negotiate as one United Kingdom and leave the EU as the one United Kingdom. She sent a clear warning to 'divisive nationalists' that they would not be allowed to wreck Brexit.

Turning to the process, put before parliament in the next Queen's speech will be the removal and repeal of the 1972 European Communities Act which means that all provisions within it will not longer apply from the date we leave. The PM reiterated that our laws will be made in Westminster not Brussels and judges will sit in this country. In effect the authority of EU law in Britain will end.

It will be for after Brexit that the UK government will amend, repeal or improve laws. Any changes will be subject to full scrutiny and existing workers legal rights will be guaranteed in law and as long as she is PM. 

Mrs May also wanted to set out her vision for Britain describing it as one that is truly global. She dismissed that there was such as thing as 'soft brexit' and 'hard brexit' and that we needed to stop defining our relationship by the past. 

Brexit simply meant that we will now no longer be part of a political union. We will have the freedom to make decisions on a whole host of matters and we are not negotiating to give anything away again. It will not be like the last 40 years and shouldn't be seen as a trade-off. We will decide how we control immigration but we will seek the best deal possible in a mature way befitting close friendship and allies.

The deal will be a deal that works for Britain, global Britain and beyond Europe. The PM said that she knew the vote to leave was not a vote to turn in on ourselves and that it was deeply encouraging that countries outside of Europe have already approached us to talk about trade deals. 

One of Mrs May's final messages to the enthusiastic hall was, let's ignore the pessimists and get behind the team of ministers working on our plan for Brexit.


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