Unite behind Brexit: Theresa May to give key speech

Theresa May and European Council President Donald Tusk in London, March 1
Theresa May and European Council President Donald Tusk in London, March 1 Copyright REUTERS/Simon Dawson
By Vincent McAviney
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The British Prime Minister will call for the UK to come together behind the broadest possible deal with the EU.


British Prime Minister Theresa May will finally unveil her government’s Brexit negotiating position in a key speech in London on Friday.

Theresa May will set out five tests that will guide the UK throughout the negotiations.

She will pledge to deliver the real change the country voted for in the referendum whilst protecting jobs and security.

The prime minister agreed her plans with the Brexit cabinet in Chequers, her countryside retreat, last week. Whilst it was known the UK would withdraw from the customs union, the rest has been kept secret.

May says she wants the "broadest and deepest" possible agreement with the European Union - covering more sectors and co-operating more fully than any free trade agreement anywhere else in the world.

Recognising the deep divisions in the country, she has promised to unite every town, city and constituent nation behind her plan.

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