Theresa May tours United Kingdom on Brexit Day anniversary

Kelvin Reese
March 30, 2018

Starting her tour in Scotland, May met workers in a textile factory, focusing on the future benefits she said Brexit could bring for trade.

In a seismic referendum on June 23, 2016, 52 per cent of voters in the United Kingdom opted for Britain to leave the European Union.Most voters in England and Wales backed Brexit, while majorities in Scotland and Northern Ireland wanted the United Kingdom to stay in the EU.

Brexit remains a fractious topic, with former prime minister Tony Blair leading a push for second referendum.

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SMMT boss Mike Hawes has now stressed the importance of a tariff-free trade deal with the European Union on the auto industry - which currently brings in £22.8 billion to the UK Treasury every year.

Friday (Saturday, local time) marks 365 days until Britain officially leaves the EU.

But the negotiations will likely be rough sailing, given a divergence of opinions.

Britain's economy has defied pre-referendum predictions of a swift plunge into recession, buoyed in part by stronger global growth. May has agreed to Brussels' plan to keep Northern Ireland in the customs union if no better solution is found.

Thornberry said it would be so meaninglessly "blah, blah, blah" that Labour would "probably" support it.

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Speaking to political editor Robert Peston, the Prime Minister said the country would put the money now paid to the European Union into health and schooling.

In Brussels, May's ministers have won little in the way of concessions from the European Union negotiating team, setting a hard tone for upcoming talks on long-term trading ties - particularly when it comes to the future of Britain's economic engine: its financial services sector.

Their main achievement so far is agreeing to a transition period that will last until the end of 2020.

Prime Minister Theresa May made a plea for national unity over Brexit on Thursday as she toured Britain on the day that a one-year countdown to departure from the European Union begins.

Scotland and Wales are drawing up contingency plans to protect their own interests in case they can not reach agreement with May on how powers regained from Brussels are redistributed.

The European Union's top Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, applauded the clarity promised by May as well as her acknowledgement that the United Kingdom will need to make certain compromises.

While there she also addressed the issue of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, one of the most crucial and contested issues to come out of Brexit.

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