MAY SENDS ‘LET­TER TO NA­TION’ FOR BREXIT SUP­PORT

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - DAVID HUGHES Press As­so­ci­a­tion [email protected]­line.co.uk

A“NEW chap­ter in our na­tional life” will be­gin af­ter Brexit, Theresa May said as she is­sued a pub­lic plea to sup­port her deal. The Prime Min­is­ter said there would be a mo­ment of “re­newal and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion” once the UK had left the Euro­pean Union.

In a “let­ter to the na­tion” Mrs May said that set­tling the Brexit ques­tion would al­low the Gov­ern­ment to fo­cus on the econ­omy, the NHS and tack­ling the “burn­ing in­jus­tices” in Bri­tish so­ci­ety.

The al­most 800-word mes­sage is the lat­est sign of Mrs May’s at­tempt to speak di­rectly to the pub­lic to build sup­port for her deal, which faces wide­spread op­po­si­tion at West­min­ster.

She in­sisted that the With­drawal Agree­ment and Po­lit­i­cal Dec­la­ra­tion set to be agreed by EU lead­ers in Brus­sels to­day “will hon­our the re­sult of the ref­er­en­dum” by al­low­ing the UK to “take back con­trol” of its money, laws and bor­ders.

“It is a deal for a brighter fu­ture, which en­ables us to seize the op­por­tu­ni­ties that lie ahead,” she said.

“Out­side the EU, we will be able to sign new trade deals with other coun­tries and open up new mar­kets in the fastest-grow­ing economies around the world.

“With Brexit set­tled, we will be able to fo­cus our en­er­gies on the many other im­por­tant is­sues fac­ing us here at home: keep­ing our econ­omy strong, and mak­ing sure ev­ery com­mu­nity shares in pros­per­ity; se­cur­ing our NHS for the fu­ture, giv­ing ev­ery child a great start in life, and build­ing the homes that fam­i­lies need; tack­ling the burn­ing in­jus­tices that hold too many peo­ple back, and build­ing a coun­try for the fu­ture that truly works for ev­ery­one.”

Ac­knowl­edg­ing the bit­ter rows that have ac­com­pa­nied the Brexit de­bate, Mrs May said: “On March 29 next year, the United King­dom will leave the Euro­pean Union.

“We will then be­gin a new chap­ter in our na­tional life. I want that to be a mo­ment of re­newal and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion for our whole coun­try.

“It must mark the point when we put aside the la­bels of ‘Leave’ and ‘Re­main’ for good and we come to­gether again as one peo­ple.

“To do that we need to get on with Brexit now by get­ting be­hind this deal.”

ALAS­TAIR GRANT

Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May says her Brexit deal to leave the EU will pro­vide Bri­tain with a ‘brighter fu­ture’

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