Theresa May to give key Brexit address in Florence

Theresa May to give key Brexit address in Florence

The speech will be given on September 22

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Theresa May is to travel to Florence to unveil her vision for a UK outside of the European Union.

The Prime Minister’s speech is to address the current state of Brexit negotiations and to stress the Government’s wish for a meaningful partnership with the EU, but Downing Street has not released details on other issues she will discuss.

Her speech on September 22 comes ahead of the resumption of Brexit talks in Brussels in only three days later. The talks have reached a deadlock over a number of different issues.

Mrs May’s speech is being seen as an attempt to break this impasse and ensure both sides come to a meaningful agreement over topics like citizens’ rights, a financial settlement and the Irish border.

Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, has said previously no progress had been made on these issues.

The EU representatives have said there will be no discussions of trade – which the UK team desires – until they have been resolved.