Prime Minister Theresa May took a hardline approach to Brexit, promising British voters she would deliver a clean break from the European Union and warning again that no deal with the bloc was better than a bad one.
In publishing her Conservative Party’s manifesto on Thursday, May locked a future Tory government into her plans for a hard Brexit: remove Britain from the single market and customs union; “reduce and control” EU migration. She also rejected the continent’s proposed negotiating schedule and pledged to stop “making vast annual contributions” to Brussels.
May set out her Brexit goals in black and white, a critically important move given that talks with the EU could begin as soon as the day after the June 8 election. Assuming opinion polls are correct and her Tories are re-elected, the document will form the blueprint that guides the government through Brexit in 2019 and out to 2022.
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