Today, UK Prime Minister, Theresa May delivered her first speech to the Conservative Party conference since becoming party leader.
The speech centred largely on how Brexit would work and what leaving the European Union would mean for the country.
The following are some key quotes from her speech, “Britain after Brexit: A Vision of a Global Britain”
The Referendum Result
“The referendum result was clear. It was legitimate. Brexit means Brexit – and we’re going to make a success of it.” Trust the people we will. Because Britain is going to leave the European Union
The Timing of Article 50
“There will be no unnecessary delays in invoking Article 50. We will invoke it when we are ready. And we will be ready soon. We will invoke Article 50 no later than the end of March next year.”
Delaying the Timing of Article 50
“There was a good reason why I said – immediately after the referendum – that we should not invoke Article 50 before the end of this year.
“That decision means we have the time to develop our negotiating strategy and avoid setting the clock ticking until our objectives are clear and agreed.
“And it has also meant that we have given some certainty to businesses and investors. Consumer confidence has remained steady. Foreign investment in Britain has continued. Employment is at a record high, and wages are on the up.
“There is still some uncertainty, but the sky has not fallen in, as some predicted it would – our economy remains strong.”
“A truly global Britain is possible, and it is in sight. And it should be no surprise that it is because we are the fifth biggest economy in the world.
“Since 2010 we have grown faster than any economy in the G7. And we attract a fifth of all foreign investment in the EU.
“We are the biggest foreign investor in the US. We have friendships, partnerships and alliances in every continent.
Relationship with the EU
“The process we are about to begin is not about negotiating all of our sovereignty away again.
“It is not going to be about any of those matters over which the country has just voted to regain control.
“It is not, therefore, a negotiation to establish a relationship anything like the one we have had for the last 40 years or more.
“So it is not going to be a ‘Norway model’. It’s not going to be a ‘Switzerland model’. It is going to be an agreement between an independent, sovereign United Kingdom and the European Union.”
The Single Market
“We will seek the best deal possible as we negotiate a new agreement with the European Union.
“I want it to involve free trade, in goods and services. I want it to give British companies the maximum freedom to trade with and operate in the single market – and let European businesses do the same here.”
“Existing workers’ legal rights will continue to be guaranteed in law – and they will be guaranteed as long as I am prime minister.
“We’re going to see workers’ rights not eroded, and not just protected, but enhanced under this government.”