Brexit: Prime Minister Theresa May to lay out plan in key speech

Brexit: Prime Minister Theresa May to lay out plan in key speech

Prime Minister Theresa May

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Theresa May is to lay out details of her plan for Brexit in a much-anticipated speech today (Tuesday).

Extracts of the speech, released by Downing Street, will likely fuel speculation that the Prime Minister wants to take Britain out of the single market and customs union, and she's expected to say she plans to avoid an outcome where the UK is "half-in, half-out" of the EU. 

Mrs May is reported to say she aims for a "truly global Britain" which is "more outward-looking than ever before" and will remain on good terms with the European Union.

Downing Street has said the PM will lay out her 12 priorities for the negotiations following the triggering of Article 50, to make Britain stronger, fairer and "truly global".

At the moment, the details of those priorities are unknown, but from what has emerged from Number 10, Mrs May is expected to reassure the EU the UK will remain a reliable partner and ally, while retaining no aspects of the union membership. 

However, parts of the speech - such as it is thought to be - have been met with criticism. Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron suggested it was aimed to please Eurosceptics.

He said: "This could have been written by Peter Bone, delivered by Nigel Farage and will no doubt be cheered on by Jeremy Corbyn."