May to lock horns with top min­is­ters on Brexit path

The Myanmar Times - - World -

BRI­TISH Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May is to meet with the first min­is­ters from Scot­land, Wales and North­ern Ire­land to plot the path to­ward Brexit.

Ms May will host the first meet­ing of the Joint Min­is­te­rial Com­mit­tee (JMC) since De­cem­ber 2014 to­day, in which they will “dis­cuss how the ad­min­is­tra­tions can work to­gether to get the best deal for the UK and seize the op­por­tu­ni­ties that ex­it­ing the EU will bring”, Down­ing Street said.

She will meet with Scottish First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon, Welsh FM Car­wyn Jones, and North­ern Ir­ish FM Ar­lene Foster and her deputy Martin McGuin­ness.

While a ma­jor­ity in Eng­land and Wales voted for Bri­tain to leave the Euro­pean Union in the June ref­er­en­dum, a ma­jor­ity in Scot­land and North­ern Ire­land voted for Bri­tain’s con­tin­ued mem­ber­ship.

Ms May wants to build “a new in­dus­trial strat­egy for the whole of the UK, to spread wealth, jobs and op­por­tu­nity more evenly, Down­ing Street said.

“Far more than mere ge­og­ra­phy brings us to­gether, we are much more than the sum of our parts,” said Ms May.

“I want the meet­ing to be the start of a new grown-up re­la­tion­ship be­tween the de­volved ad­min­is­tra­tions and the UK govern­ment, one in which we all work to­gether to forge the fu­ture for ev­ery­one.”

Ms May in­tends to trig­ger Ar­ti­cle 50, which sets a two-year clock tick­ing on Bri­tain’s de­par­ture from the EU, be­tween the New Year and the end of March. –

Photo: AFP

Theresa May is plot­ting the path to­ward a smooth Brexit.

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