GETTYTheresa May will is expected to reveal her vision for Britain’s ties with the EU after 2019
The Prime Minister is thought to be seeking to take control of the UK’s EU exit amid warnings that previous talks have led to deadlock.
The Septemeber 22 speech, in which she is expected to outline Britain’s future relationship with the European Union, will take place in Florence just three days before Sir David Davis and Michel Barnier continue talks in Brussels.
Downing Street revealed the traditional trading city of Florence was chosen to host the event because of its symbolic significants as the “historical heart” of Europe.Related articles
Number Ten confirmed Mrs May will seek to give an “update on Brexit negotiations so far” and “underline the Government’s wish for a deep and special partnership with the European Union once the UK leaves the EU”.
A spokesman said: “The UK has had deep cultural and economic ties spanning centuries with Florence, a city known for its historical trading power.
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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker
“As the UK leaves the EU we will retain those close ties. As the Prime Minister has said many times, we are leaving the EU, not Europe.”
Former Brexit minister Lord Bridges demanded Mrs May “bolder” as he called on her to get talks moving by