Theresa May Refuses To Say Whether She Now Supports Brexit Or Not

Prime Minister Theresa May said today that leaving the European Union will mean more money available to spend on priorities like the NHS and schools.

Brexit remains a fractious topic in Britain, with former prime minister Tony Blair leading a push for a second referendum as an escape door.

"It is in our interests to come together and really seize these opportunities for the future", she said.

The PM is visiting England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, with one year to go to the United Kingdom leaving the EU.

Liberal Democrat deputy leader Jo Swinson, whose party is campaigning for a second referendum once a final Brexit deal is done, said the public should have a final say because there was a lot of new information available since the June 2016 vote."Once those details are becoming clearer, as the government comes towards the end of the negotiations, then it ought to be up to the people to decide what path we, the country, take", she said.

"I believe that we can negotiate a good agreement which is tariff-free and as frictionless trade as possible, so we maintain those markets in the European Union, but also that we open up market around the rest of the world".

EU Council President Donald Tusk has remarked that any trade deal with Britain would be the first in history to loosen economic links rather than strengthen them.

Ministers now say they will support the targets, which are part of the EU's circular economy package, and is to be voted on in late April.

Britain formally announced that it would be leaving the European Union on March 29 last year with a letter invoking Article 50 starting the clock on a two-year exit process.

Mr Hawes said: "Another month of double-digit decline in production for the United Kingdom is of considerable concern, but we hope that the degree of certainty provided by last week's Brexit transition agreement will help stimulate business and consumer confidence over the coming months".

Scotland and Wales last week backed bills to ensure that powers brought back from Brussels go to their capitals.

Against that backdrop, May's tour is focused on meeting a cross-section of voters to reassure them that she is working to tear down the barriers thrown up by the referendum, and that whether they voted "Leave" or "Remain", they will be better off after Brexit.

'However, in 2016 many Remain voters also wanted a reduction of European Union powers, so the demographic trend is not necessarily one in favour of reversing Brexit, but it does suggest public pressure for close association with the European Union will rise over time'.

  • Kyle Peterson