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Theresa May’s FIRST ORDERS: PM tells ALL Cabinet MPs to play their part in Brexit fight

THERESA May will today order every minister in her Cabinet to play their part in making Brexit a success.

Theresa May

GETTY     Theresa May will order her Cabinet to make Brexit a success


Afterwards she will chair her first National Security Council session, focused on global threats and the safety of British citizens abroad.Tomorrow, after taking her first Prime Minister’s Questions session in the House of Commons, she flies to Berlin for talks with German counterpart Angela Merkel, and on Thursday she will meet French President Francois Hollande in Paris.
Both meetings will be dominated by Britain’s referendum vote to leave the European Union.But Downing Street also promised the week would show the new government is more widely “getting down to business” after last week’s dramas saw Mrs May replace David Cameron in Downing Street.Today she is expected to tell her newly appointed Cabinet that the Government must seize the global opportunities offers and ensure Britain stays open for business, to the benefit of all.

“It will be the responsibility of everyone sitting around the Cabinet table to make Brexit work for Britain.“And it will also be their duty to deliver success on behalf of everyone in the UK, not just the privileged few.“That is why social justice will be at the heart of my government.

“So we will not allow the country to be defined by Brexit, but instead build the education, skills, and social mobility to allow everyone to prosper from the opportunities of leaving the EU.”

THERESA MAY

GETTY     Downing Street said the Government will be ‘getting down to business’ this week


Tomorrow she holds talks and a working dinner with Mrs Merkel – with political observers eager to see what kind of relationship Britain’s second female PM will strike up with her German counterpart who has arguably been the world’s most powerful woman politician since she was elected 11 years ago.As with Mrs May’s meeting on Thursday with the French president, talks will be dominated by the future of Britain’s relationship with the EU after Brexit.Cooperating against terrorism will also loom large after last week’s atrocity in Nice.

Mrs May is visiting at the invitation of Mrs Merkel and Mr Hollande, said a Downing Street spokeswoman.

It was “an opportunity to have early discussions with two of our most important European partners as we seek to build relations and look at the process for leaving the EU”.Yesterday Mrs May continued her tour of UK capitals by visiting Wales, following her talks last Friday in Edinburgh with Scottish First Mnister Nicola Sturgeon.In Cardiff Mrs May said she held “very constructive” talks with Labour Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones.

Top of their agenda was post-Brexit Britain as well as the uncertainty facing more than 4,000 steelworkers in Port Talbot following Indian owner Tata’s announcement in March that it would sell its UK operations.

Mrs May said: “The Union is very important to me and I’m pleased to visit Wales so early in my premiership.

Theresa May and Carwyn Jones

GETTY     Theresa May spoke with The First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones


“I’ve had a very constructive meeting with the First Minister and we’ve been talking about a number of issues – including the United Kingdom leaving the EU.“What I want to see is the best possible deal for the whole of the UK and I want the Welsh government to be involved in the discussions. That’s why I am here.“We also discussed Tata and the UK and the Welsh government have put a strong package together.

“We want to continue to see steel making here. It’s in the Welsh interest and also the UK national interest.”

Welsh Secretary and Conservative MP Alun Cairns who was at the meeting said it was a chance for the two leaders to get to know each other as well as to set out their priorities.

“We share a lot of common ground. We are all comprehensive school children and we laughed and smiled about that,” said Mr Cairns.

Prior to the visit Mr Jones admitted he knew “very little” about the new Tory leader.

Leanne Wood

GETTY     Leanne Wood call on the new Prime Minister to show Wales the same respect as Scotland


But he said he wanted her to deal urgently with the aftermath of the EU referendum – in which a majority of Wales, like England, backed Brexit – given the potential impact on the economy and EU funding particularly for farmers and poor communities.Leanne Wood, leader of official Welsh Assembly Opposition party Plaid Cymru, called on the new PM to accord Wales the same respect she said Scotland had enjoyed by virtue of its strong government.“In the short term we also need Wales to get the same powers as the Scottish Parliament currently has. In the event of Scotland becoming an independent country within the EU, we in Wales should also be allowed to decide our own future and explore our own constitutional options as well,” added Ms Wood.

A Wales Bill now going through the Westminster Parliament will give the Welsh Assembly new powers, including to decide on fracking and speed limits.

Mrs May aims to travel to Northern Ireland “soon” but no date has yet been announced for that trip.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/690738/Theresa-May-Cabinet-support-Brexit-Prime-Minister-Wales

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