UK trade minister Fox says would not support longer Brexit transition period

Robert Weighton

Robert Weighton

Since it triggered Article 50 of the EU treaty - the exit procedure - the United Kingdom government has accepted EU demands for a financial settlement and for an overview of the European Court of Justice for the rights of EU citizens in the UK.

What has been agreed so far?

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Mrs May's tour began in Ayrshire, Scotland, where she visited a textile factory.

May also dodged the question when asked a year ago.

Prime Minister Theresa May urged British people to get behind Brexit on Thursday, claiming that the departure of Britain from the European Union presented "opportunities for the future".

"I am determined that as we leave the EU, and in the years ahead, we will strengthen the bonds that unite us, because ours is the world's most successful union".

The prime minister pledged to defend the integrity of the United Kingdom which, as it prepares to leave the EU, she (perhaps pointedly) described as "the world's most successful union".

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Mrs May also set out a vision of economic prosperity at home, and influence overseas, trading freely with friends and partners across Europe and beyond.

During the campaign for the 2016 referendum, Brexit supporters had said that Britain pays £350m a week to the bloc, and had promised to spend the money on the NHS instead. Since formal negotiations began between the two sides in June a year ago, an agreement has been struck on a Brexit "divorce bill", but the crucial issue of how they will trade together in the longer term has yet to be settled.

And she said she was working on policies here at home in a bid to address all aspects of why people voted for Brexit in the first place.

Labour has been scrambling to clarify its position on Brexit after Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry suggested the party would back the deal May negotiates with Brussels.

Despite misgivings about the government's performance and doubts about the result of the negotiations with the European Union, 68 percent of the respondents say that "those who voted against Brexit should respect the will of the majority" - with only 35 percent thinking there should be a second referendum.

"We have been clear that we are not opposed to UK-wide arrangements in devolved areas when these are in Scotland's interests but this must only happen with the agreement of the Scottish Parliament".

She confirmed that she wanted a bespoke trading deal with the European Union, unlike any other deal it has signed with other non-EU countries. When asked whether Brexit is good or bad for the country, the margin remains very slim with 46 per cent responding it is a bad idea and 44 per cent saying it is a good idea.

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