Brexit: Theresa May Mansion House speech
Brexit: Theresa May Mansion House speech; ENGLAND: London: Mansion House:
Theresa May MP (Prime Minister) arrival and speech SOT
- I am grateful to the Lord Mayor and all his team at the Mansion House for hosting us this afternoon.
And in the midst of the bad weather, I would just like to take a moment before I begin my speech today to thank everyone in our country who is going the extra mile to help people at this time.
I think of our emergency services and armed forces working to keep people safe; our NHS staff, care workers, and all those keeping our public services going; and the many volunteers who are giving their time to help those in need.
Your contribution is a special part of who we are as a country - and it is all the more appreciated at a moment like this.
Now I am here today to set out my vision for the future economic partnership between the United Kingdom and the European Union.
There have been many different voices and views in the debate on what our new relationship with the EU should look like. I have listened carefully to them all.
But as we chart our way forward with the EU, I want to take a moment to look back.
Eighteen months ago I stood in Downing Street and addressed the nation for my first time as Prime Minister.
I made this pledge then, to the people that I serve:
I know you're working around the clock, I know you're doing your best, and I know that sometimes life can be a struggle.
The government I lead will be driven not by the interests of the privileged few, but by yours.
We will do everything we can to give you more control over your lives.
When we take the big calls, we'll think not of the powerful, but you.
When we pass new laws, we'll listen not to the mighty but to you.
When it comes to taxes, we'll prioritise not the wealthy, but you.
When it comes to opportunity, we won't entrench the advantages of the fortunate few.
We will do everything we can to help a...