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UK PM Theresa May Says She Is In Charge In Government

MNI (London)
--May Asserts That Range Of Views Are United Around A Single Brexit Vision
By Kieran Williams
     LONDON (MNI) - UK PM Theresa May repeated Tuesday that her goal was to
build a "global Britain for the future" and a "country that works for everyone".
Speaking in a BBC radio interview, May addressed the recent perception of unrest
within the Conservative party, specifically comments by Foreign Secretary Boris
Johnson. She said that "weak leadership is wanting to have a team around you
that is only 'Yes Men', strong leadership is having a team around you of
different voices and those voices come together and form the government
In what seemed to be a more impassioned performance than many of her recent
appearances, May said that regarding Brexit, she negotiates leader to leader and
in the official talks, Brexit Secretary David Davis negotiates with European
Commission lead negotiator Michel Barnier around the principles set out in her
speech in Florence in late September.
May also spoke about the "implementation period", stating that it is purely
about practicality and will allow people and businesses confidence that they
have time to adjust to new arrangements. She noted the implementation period
would be around two years and emphasised that while this could mean more than
two years, it would also mean less than two years in some areas. 
     "If we find that there can changes bought in before that period without
disrupting economies, without disrupting business, then we will bring those in
earlier," May said.
Addressing the possibility of no Brexit deal, May said that the UK was not just
a supplicant in these talks, and that this was a negotiation for a new
partnership between the UK and the EU that should be mutually beneficial. 
     May did note, however, that work was being undertaken across government
departments focusing on the possibility of a 'no deal' outcome, and some of the
actions that will be taken will be contained in upcoming bills such as the EU
withdrawal bill and the customs and trade bill.
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