May to lock horns with top ministers on Brexit path
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. –
Theresa May is plotting the path toward a smooth Brexit.