LEADING THE WAY OUT OF THE EU

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Victory for Leave in last year’s referendum resulted in a new government under a new Prime Minister. Theresa May has made a firm pledge to deliver on Brexit despite backing Remain during the campaign.

At the start of 2017, Mrs May declared her intention to pursue a clean Brexit, without continued membership of the European Single Market and without full membership of the EU Customs Union. By the end of exit negotiations with the EU, the United Kingdom should therefore be taking back control of her borders, laws and trade policy and ceasing to make big payments to Brussels.

Now that Article 50 has finally been triggered, Leave.EU will be closely following the activities of the Prime Minister, her Chancellor Philip Hammond, and the trio of ‘Brexiteer’ ministers: David Davis, Boris Johnson, and Liam Fox.

LEAVE.EU INSIGHT AND ANALYSIS

PRIME MINISTER MAY

Theresa May became Prime Minister in July 2016 after a short contest following the resignation of David Cameron. She has attempted to rid herself of the baggage of Cameron’s modernising project, backing traditional Tory policies on selective education and getting on board with Brexit. She’s also defied the mainstream media by forging ties with the Trump administration. But she flattered to deceive in her previous post as Home Secretary as she oversaw record high immigration. We’ll be watching her closely.

A NEW CABINET FOR BREXIT BRITAIN

May entered office as a supporter of the failed Remain campaign, and tried to address her failings by placing Brexit supporting MPs in key Cabinet roles. They are responsible for foreign affairs while high profile Remainers Philip Hammond, Amber Rudd, and Liz Truss find themselves in prominent domestic roles. David Davis will manage EU negotiations, Dr Liam Fox is charged with restoring Britain’s global trade prowess as International Trade Secretary, and Boris Johnson now serves as Foreign Secretary.

NEW POLITICAL PARTIES

As the Tories and the nation have adjusted to our Prime Minister, changes have been afoot across the other political parties. Labour continue to struggle to present a coherent position on Brexit, that and their muddled leadership has created opportunities for a resurgent UKIP under Paul Nuttall across Labour’s traditional heartlands. Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats have gone all-in with pro-EU sentiment, vowing to keep the Britain tethered to Brussels, while the SNP continue to threaten the end of the UK.

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