British PM gears up in lead-up to Brexit

Saul Bowman
March 30, 2018

The Jackson family manage a 300-cow dairy herd on their 132ac grassland farm - Fairview Farm - in Bangor, Co.

For May, the most hard issue, and the main obstacle to a divorce agreement with the European Union, is the Irish border issue.

Her Government remains "absolutely committed" to the devolution settlements, she said.

She replied by saying her government was having "good discussions" with SNP ministers on the issue, adding: "We have put forward proposals as to how this issue can be resolved".

When asked by the Press Association whether she would be prepared to go to the border in the next 12 months and see for herself the potential issues concerning people, Mrs May replied: "My diary over the next year hasn't yet been set, but all I am saying is I understand".

The sector employs around 48,000 people to work on over 25,000 farms, creating produce which is renowned for quality at home and overseas.

Theresa May has pledged the United Kingdom will control its waters after Brexit as Nicola Sturgeon's "contradictory" stance on the EU's hated Common Fisheries Policy came under attack from her independence allies.

Speaking during a visit to Ayrshire on a whistle-stop United Kingdom tour, she pledged that Britain would decide which foreign trawlers could access its waters after the proposed Brexit transition period ends in December 2020.

During the visit, May shared her determination to secure a deal that would benefit the whole of the UK.

"There's lot of opportunities to find ways of doing these things", Mrs May said.

Earlier, the PM called on Britons to "come together" to seize the "great opportunities" she expects as a result of European Union withdrawal.

That action will include a longer-term plan for the NHS.

"No, actually, I didn't know that this would happen, I didn't know that my kids future would be so negatively impacted, so I don't actually support this policy any more. And yes, I think Brexit is going to deliver a country that will be different, but I think there are real opportunities for us as an independent nation for the future".

The September survey, which found that they planned to move or create 10,000 jobs on the continent by Brexit Day on March 29, 2019, was also as at the lower end of estimates by industry lobby groups and financial firms.

May was later to stop for lunch with farmers near Belfast in Northern Ireland before meeting Welsh business owners in Barry, then returning to London in time for tea with a Polish group. The findings suggest London will comfortably remain Europe's largest financial centre, at least in the short term, boosting supporters of leaving the European Union, who say the threat of job losses from one of Britain's biggest industries was exaggerated. But 65% in a new ComRes poll for the Daily Express said they did not want a second referendum and 68% said that Remain voters should respect the will of the majority who backed Brexit.

Mrs May is facing conflict with devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales, who want powers from Brussels repatriated to them rather than London.

The prime minister secured last week the EU's agreement to start talks on a future relationship, but uncertainties remain over the first negotiations to be completed, over the divorce itself.

Writing in the Express, Mr Johnson said: "Like an unstoppable express, we are heading for Brexit and frankly, my friends, we can't arrive soon enough". Down, as part of a tour of the British Isles exactly one year before the United Kingdom will spend its first day outside of the EU. "Brexit provides us with opportunities", she told broadcasters.

"We have a very strong union, that is in our interests and it is in our interests to come together and really seize these opportunities for the future".

In the 21 months since the referendum, May, who became prime minister in the resulting political chaos, has struggled to unite the country behind a single vision of Brexit.

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