Brexit Bulletin: One year to go

Marcus Newton
March 30, 2018

But the visit, which is also the one-year anniversary of her signing the Article 50 letter to leave the bloc, comes at a time when the country appears no less divided than at the referendum.

Britain, one the 28-member bloc's wealthiest members, supplied a fifth of the budget for European Commission's development arm past year, amounting to £1.031 billion.

The British prime minister kicked off a whistle-stop tour of the United Kingdom with a visit to a weaving firm in Ayr, where she said she expected to be able to negotiate a deal with the European Union allowing a "good trading relationship" in future.

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

Mrs May also set out a vision of economic prosperity at home, and influence overseas, trading freely with friends and partners across Europe and beyond.

The people of Britain, the world's sixth-largest economy, caused a major global shock in 2016 by voting narrowly to quit the European Union after a fevered referendum campaign that sharpened regional divisions, pitted young against old and exposed a deep distrust between voters and the political establishment. To fail to provide them with the education and support they need will short-change the nation in the long term.

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The Opposition Labour party has said that it would not vote for the Brexit deal unless "the government are sensible and they negotiate properly. get a deal that meets the six tests".

The building industry in the United Kingdom is calling on the Government to help with convincing workers from the European Union that they should stay on with just 12 month to go until Brexit Day.

Her message will attempt to show unity across the country. When asked whether Brexit is good or bad for the country, the margin remains very slim with 46 per cent responding it is a bad idea and 44 per cent saying it is a good idea.

The UK construction sector is more reliant than most on migrant workers from Europe and at present, 9% of our construction workers are from the European Union, ' said Brian Berry, FMB chief executive, adding that in London, this rises for almost one third.

Former British prime minister Tony Blair urged Mrs May to offer a free vote in the Commons on the final Brexit deal, telling the Independent that if she did not, Labour and Tory MPs should be ready to vote with their conscience and rebel. The decision was made after 52 percent of United Kingdom voters supported the move in a referendum two years ago; 48 percent of voters opposed it.

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