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Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, is “determined” to keep up the progress on Brexit talks after a year of “steady progress” on the divorce of Britain from the European Union.
In a New Year’s Message that was published today, PM May said that in 2018, attention would concentrate on issues regarding trade and security that are associated with Brexit.
The Prime Minister added: “Whichever way you voted in the referendum, most people just want the government to get on and deliver a good Brexit, and that’s exactly what we are doing.”
Brexit discussions have stuttered throughout the year, with many people criticising the slow rate of progress. After triggering the Article 50 process formally in March, the ministers and the European leaders took until December in order to come to an agreement regarding the first phase of negotiations.
Theresa May said: “I believe 2018 can be a year of renewed confidence and pride in our country.
“A year in which we continue to make good progress towards a successful Brexit deal, an economy that’s fit for the future, and a stronger and fairer society for everyone.
“And whatever challenges we may face, I know we will overcome them by standing united as one proud union of nations and people.”
Days after the resignation of Lord Adonis, the National Infrastructure Commission head whose criticism included a claim that the government has “broken down” due to the strain of Brexit, May struck back. She said that the government “will carry on making a difference here and now on the issues that matter to people’s daily lives.”
Theresa May said that better schools would be built in 2018, with a lot more homes built “so housing becomes more affordable and more families can get on – and climb up – the housing ladder.”
The Prime Miniter also dedicated some of her New Year’s message to the NHS, which celebrates its 70th birthday next year.
She said: “We will continue to invest in our NHS and ensure it can deliver a world-class service now and for generations to come.”
2018 will also observe the 100th anniversary of first votes for women in the United Kingdom. The Prime Minister pledged to “eliminate all prejudice and discrimination from our society.”
Also, in a nod to the recent speech of Jo Johnson, the universities minister, defending free speech, Theresa May emphasised the need for “a public sphere where debate is constructive and courteous, and where we treat each other with decency.”