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Brexit will not divide Britain: May

Brexit will not divide Britain: May

May insisted there was no disagreement with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on the Irish border question.

Many believe May's position is precarious and if she cannot get her proposals through the Commons, there might well have to be a general election which could see Corbyn installed as Prime Minister within weeks - a prospect that India will not view with any great enthusiasm.

The speech was as much about tone as it was about laying out Britain's negotiating position.

But she emphasised that both sides stand to gain from the successful negotiation of a new partnership, whereas the European Union still sees Brexit not as a win-win but as a lose-lose.

The task will be to do that whilst moving to separate legal systems. We have a shared interest in getting this right.

She dismissed the commission's insistence that it would not allow "cherry-picking" of rights and obligations, insisting that this was a part of any trade negotiation. "We must not only negotiate our exit from an organization that touches so many important parts of our national life, we must also build a new and lasting relationship while, given the uncertainty inherent in this negotiation, preparing for every scenario".

Entitled "Our Future Partnership", the speech will spell out the Prime Minister's vision of a United Kingdom that is a "champion of free trade based on high standards".

"Third, it must protect people's jobs and security". But we can't do it on our own, it is for all of us to work together.

One of the five tests the government will apply to Brexit is that any deal must strengthen "our union of nations and our union of people".

In an attempt to add detail to Britain's negotiation on leaving the EU, May mixed concessions with a plea for a deal that would keep trade flowing between the world's biggest trade bloc and Britain's US$2.7 trillion (RM11 trillion) economy.

The U.K. and the EU needed to face up to "hard facts" that neither side could have "exactly what we want", British Prime Minister Theresa May warned on Friday, in a keenly awaited speech that followed a tumultuous week in Britain's preparations to leave the union.

"Fourth, it must be consistent with the kind of country we want to be as we leave: a modern, open, outward-looking, tolerant, European democracy".

Mr Barnier welcomed the speech for offering "clarity" on the UK's aims and a recognition that there would be "trade-offs".

The prime minister said Britain and the European Union had a joint responsibility to find a solution over how to avoid a hard border between the North and the Republic.

The prime minister said Britain would continue to be affected by decisions of the European Court of Justice and the country's courts would look at ECJ interpretations of laws to ensure consistency.

"Abandoning such ideas will enable us to begin building an ambitious future partnership based on the foundation of realism and in the interests of our citizens and our businesses, and this is my objective".


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