Fol­low­ing are some ini­tial re­ac­tions to Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May’s speech.

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Ger­man For­eign Min­is­ter Frank-Wal­ter Stein­meier

“We wel­come that the Bri­tish prime min­is­ter is to­day out­lin­ing her gov­ern­ment’s ideas for leav­ing and has fi­nally cre­ated a lit­tle more clar­ity about the Bri­tish plans. She has un­der­lined that Great Bri­tain is striv­ing for a pos­i­tive and con­struc­tive part­ner­ship, a friend­ship, with a strong EU. That is good.”

Czech sec­re­tary of state for EU af­fairs, To­mas Prouza, on Twit­ter:

“Thor­ough speech by there­sa_­may. At least now we know what UK wants #HardBrexit. UK’s plan seems a bit am­bi­tious – trade as free as pos­si­ble, full con­trol on im­mi­gra­tion… where is the give for all the take?”

Former Swedish for­eign min­is­ter and Prime Min­is­ter Carl Bildt, on Twit­ter:

“I re­gret the ap­proach the UK gov­ern­ment has taken. I think most of the EU would have pre­ferred a closer re­la­tion­ship with the UK. Theresa May speech in­di­cates that UK is seek­ing some­thing slightly less than the Ukraine DCFTA (Deep and Com­pre­hen­sive Free Trade Agree­ment) agree­ment with the EU. A re­treat from Europe.”

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