Monday, January 9, 2017

British PM close to spelling out her plans for Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Sunday she will set out her plans for Britain's exit strategy from the European Union over the coming weeks.

May has faced continuous criticism from pro-Europe politicians and remain supporters over her failure to discuss her Brexit strategy, insisting she will not show her negotiating hand in advance.

In her first major television interview of the new year, May also said her government was not suffering from muddled thinking over Brexit.

  • She was responding to a letter to staff sent by the former British Ambassador to the EU, Sir Ivan Rogers, in which he was critical of the way the government was handling its exit plans. 

Rogers' letter was revealed after he announced his resignation in Brussels.

In her interview on Sky news in London, May gave what was interpreted as her strongest hint yet that Britain will leave the EU's single market.

May said: "I'm ambitious for what we can get for the UK in terms of our relationship with the European Union because I also think that's going to be good for the European Union. We're leaving, we're coming out, we're not going to be a member of the EU. Our thinking on this isn't muddled at all."

May has reiterated her view that she will trigger Article 50, the two-year exit process before the end of March.

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