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UK: May bows to pressure to detail Brexit plans in policy White Paper

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UK: May bows to pressure to detail Brexit plans in policy White Paper

Britain’s Theresa May on Wednesday finally agreed to publish her plans for Brexit in a White Paper policy document.

Her change of heart, under pressure from political opponents, comes the day after a Supreme Court ruling that parliament must be allowed a vote before formal divorce talks with the European Union can begin.

May announced last week that Britain would quit the EU’s single market when it leaves the union, charting a course for a clean break with the world’s largest trading bloc.

Her spokeswoman said the government would publish its Article 50 legislation on Thursday, but did not give any details of the likely timeframe for its progress through parliament.

Speaking at the weekly Prime Minister’s Questions session in parliament, May also offered reassurances about an eventual UK-US trade deal.

It comes as she is about to head to the United States to meet newly-inaugurated US President Donald Trump.

“We want to achieve an arrangement that ensures that the interests of the United Kingdom are there, that are put first, and that is what I will be doing and that we see a trade arrangement with the United States, as we will be looking for with other parts of the world, that can increase our trade, bring prosperity, bring growth to the United Kingdom and then my aim for this government is to ensure that that economy works for everyone in every part of the United Kingdom,” she told MPs.

Transatlantic trade opportunities are beckoning, with May set to become the first world leader to meet President Trump at the White House on Friday.

He has made no secret of his support for Britain’s Brexit vote to leave the EU and has said he wants to arrange a swift bilateral trade deal with the UK.

with Reuters