Theresa May will look to add more detail to her Brexit plans in a number of high-profile speeches this week. The Tradefair team brings you the latest in UK politics...
“The parliamentary party and the cabinet are behind the Prime Minister. We are trying to get the best deal possible for the UK.”
- Penny Mordaunt, International Development Secretary.
Theresa May is to put "meat on the bones" of her blueprint for the UK's withdrawal from the European Union this week.
The Prime Minister will deliver a number of high-profile speeches that will outline the specifics of how she sees the relationship between the UK and EU working, post-Brexit.
May is set to deliver two keynote speeches, which will provide further detail of her vision for the UK after withdrawal from the EU. She will address a conference in Munich, Germany to detail the "security partnership" the UK wants to maintain with the EU27.
Perhaps as a sign of solidarity, May will be joined by some of her most vocal critics including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and International Trade Secretary Liam Fox.
However, one person who is decidedly absent from discussions is Chancellor Philip Hammond, leading to accusations that he has been silenced by Downing Street.
Is it long overdue for businesses?
May's move towards a more detailed blueprint will be welcome news for businesses and economists who have been urging the Prime Minister to give them more information on her Brexit plans.
Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show, International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said these details were on the way.
"What the public want is, they want the vision and they want some meat on the bones," she added.
Pro-Brexit Mordaunt denied that the Conservative Party was being ripped apart by Brexit discussions, saying that "no one thought it was going to be a walk in the park".
"The parliamentary party and the cabinet are behind the Prime Minister. We are trying to get the best deal possible for the UK."
The end may be in sight, but not yet
It comes after months of back and forth with the EU over a number of key issues that the bloc was unwilling to compromise on. Matters such as the Irish border, the rights of EU citizens and the sum of Britain's financial obligations were all sticking points for negotiations.
This came to a head recently when EU Negotiator Michel Barnier said the transition period, which May has pressed for, was not "a given".
He said there is a "very short" window for both sides to come to an agreement and prevent a "no-deal Brexit".
Delays had caused concerns about whether a transition period would be possible, which were further exacerbated by a lack of clarity from the British Government, Barnier added.
These comments triggered a slide in the markets, causing the pound to take a considerable hit against the dollar and euro. However, the Dow Jones has been hitting the headlines for its disappointing performance in recent weeks, with investors looking nervous over potential interest rate hikes.
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