PM's tour of Britain
May kicks off Brexit roadshow in Ayrshire
Mrs May: ‘a duty to defend the whole of the UK’
Prime Minister Theresa May will be in Scotland on Thursday to begin a UK-wide roadshow spelling out her plan to get the best possible Brexit deal for Britain.
To mark one year until the UK leaves the EU, Mrs May will outline her determination to deliver a deal that works for every community and protects the integrity of the Union.
She will travel around the country talking to a range of people and emphasising that, regardless of whether they backed Leave or Remain, what is important now is making Brexit a success for everyone.
Kicking off in Ayrshire, the Prime Minister will visit textile workers, before travelling to Newcastle to meet a local parent and toddler group.
She will have lunch with farmers near Belfast before travelling to Barry to host a roundtable with Welsh businesses. She will finish the day in West London where she will have tea with a group of Polish citizens who have made the UK their home.
Speaking ahead of the tour, Mrs May said: “I am visiting all four nations of the Union to hear from people across our country what Brexit means to them.
“I am determined that as we leave the EU, and in the years ahead, we will strengthen the bonds that unite us, because ours is the world’s most successful union.
“The UK contains four proud and historic nations, but together we amount to so much more than the sum of our parts and our Union is an enormous force for good.
“We see that on the global stage, where the UK stands up for liberal and democratic values and leads the world in international development action.
“And we see the enormous benefits of our Union at home too, as we face challenges together, freely pooling and sharing risks and rewards as one united people.
“As we leave the EU, powers will return from Brussels to the parliaments and assemblies of the UK, closer to the people we all serve and with greater ability to deliver for their needs. Each of the devolved nations will see an increase in their decision-making powers.
“Make no mistake, this government is absolutely committed to the devolution settlements as we have demonstrated beyond question with landmark pieces of legislation over the last few years.
“But as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, I have an absolute responsibility to protect the integrity of the United Kingdom as a whole.
“That means ensuring that no new barriers are created within our common domestic market and that the UK is able to meet its international obligations in the future. No Prime Minister could leave these things to chance, because they are absolutely crucial to our success as a country in the future.
“The government is taking action to benefit the whole UK, from supporting the security services that keep us all safe and pursuing a modern industrial strategy which will deliver jobs and economic growth in every community, to pursuing an international trade policy which will open up new markets for our world-beating exports around the world.
“I am determined that our future will be a bright one. It’s a future in which we trade freely with friends and partners across Europe and beyond.
“Having regained control of our laws, our borders and our money, and seized the opportunities provided by Brexit, the UK will thrive as a strong and united country that works for everyone, no matter whether you voted Leave or Remain.