Theresa May: We can prove the Brexit doomsayers wrong
The UK Government will "prove the doomsayers wrong" and achieve a successful withdrawal from the EU, the Prime Minister will say today
Theresa May in the House of Commons - Image credit: PA Images
The UK Government will "prove the doomsayers wrong" and achieve a successful withdrawal from the EU, Theresa May will say today.
In her first major address since last week's difficult party conference speech, the Prime Minister will call for "leadership and flexibility" from both sides in the negotiation.
Her update to MPs this afternoon comes as David Davis and Brussels chief negotiator Michel Barnier kick off the fifth round of Brexit talks.
Davis has previously complained about perceived intransigence on the side of the 27 other EU member states, while Barnier has declared himself "impatient" with the slow progress of negotiations.
Addressing parliament later, May will say it is now up to the EU side to push things forward.
"As we look forward to the next stage, the ball is in their court. But I am optimistic we will receive a positive response," she will say.
“Because what we are seeking is not just the best possible deal for us – but also the best possible deal for our European friends too.
“So while of course progress will not always be smooth, by approaching these negotiations in a constructive way – in a spirit of friendship and co-operation and with our sights firmly set on the future – I believe we can prove the doomsayers wrong.
“And I believe we can seize the opportunities of this defining moment in the history of our nation.”
The Prime Minister also hinted that EU citizens could lose some of the rights they have in the event of no Brexit deal
The EU’s chief negotiator has warned that it could be "months" before he is able to say that "sufficient progress" has been made in the Brexit talks
In a keynote speech in Florence, the Prime Minister said neither the UK or the EU would be ready to implement Brexit by March 2019
The Prime Minister is expected to say the UK and the EU must be "imaginative and creative"in establishing a new relationship