Theresa May Says Brexit Is “Start Of A Bright New Chapter In Our National Story”, Despite Voting Against It
Prime Minister Theresa May has called Brexit the “start of a bright new chapter in our national story” ahead of a key cabinet meeting on Thursday, in which she will attempt to unite her top team behind her plans for negotiating Brexit.
This is despite the fact that May voted against Brexit in the 2016 referendum and has since refused to say that she would vote for it if there were a second referendum.
She said: “On Thursday, I told the Cabinet committee at Chequers that the deal we negotiate with the EU must present an ambitious future for our great country.
“Next week I will present the committee’s conclusions to an additional session of the full Cabinet before travelling to the North East on Friday to give a speech setting out this Government’s vision of what our future economic partnership with the European Union should look like.
“Delivering the best Brexit is about our national future, part of the way we improve the lives of people all over the country.
“So I concluded the meeting by reminding the committee that the decisions we make now will shape this country for a generation.
“If we get them right, Brexit will be the beginning of a bright new chapter in our national story, and our best days really do lie ahead of us.”
Theresa May’s latest apparent enthusiasm about Brexit follows her speech confirming that Britain will remain a member of the European Arrest Warrant post-Brexit and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s weakness on immigration.
The government is aiming to withdraw from the Customs Union but still seek regulatory alignment with the EU in certain sectors to ensure “frictionless” trade continues post-Brexit.
However, European Council President Donald Tusk has said that Mrs Mays’ Brexit vision is an “illusion”.
He said: “It looks like the cake philosophy is still alive. From the very start, it has been a key principle of the EU 27 that there can be no cherry-picking and no single market a la carte.
“This is, and will continue to be, a key principle, I have no doubt.”