Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has made a keynote speech in the Italian of Florence on the subject of Brexit. She confirmed that the UK would continue to pay into the EU for two years after leaving the union as a transitional arrangement. She also said in the speech that she hoped that the UK and other EU countries would remain close, but that the UK would leave the union in March 2019.
The Prime Minister said:
“The United Kingdom will cease to be a member of the European Union on 29th March 2019. We will no longer sit at the European Council table or in the Council of Ministers, and we will no longer have Members of the European Parliament”.
“Yes, the negotiations to get there will be difficult. But if we approach them in the right way – respectful of the challenges for both sides and pragmatic about resolving them – we can find a way forward that makes a success of this for all of our peoples.
I recognise that this is not something that you – our European partners – wanted to do. It is a distraction from what you want to get on with. But we have to get this right. And we both want to get this done as swiftly as possible.
So it is up to leaders to set the tone. And the tone I want to set is one of partnership and friendship. A tone of trust, the cornerstone of any relationship”.