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ceremonies. watch live on c-span and and also on the free c-span radio app. tonight on c-span2. british prime minister teresa mae on negotiations with the european union over brexit. un ambassador samantha power gives her final public address. vice president elect mike pence speaks at a meeting of the u.s. conference of mayors winter meeting. in our interview with incoming secretary sean spicer. >> british prime minister teresa mae gave a speech describing leaving the european union and negotiating with the eu. she knows that parliament will get a chance to vote on any final trade agreement. this is just under an hour.
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[applause] a little over six months ago the british people voted for change. they voted to shape brighter future for our country. they voted to leave the european union and embrace the world. as they did so with their eyes open. accepting that the road ahead would be uncertain at times. but believing that it leads toward a brighter future for their children and their grandchildren too. and it is the job of this government to deliver it. that means more than negotiating our new relationship with the eu. it means taking the opportunity of his great moments and national change. she stepped back and ask ourselves what kind of country we want to be. my answer is clear. i want this united kingdom to
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emerge from this period of change stronger, fairer, more united and more outward looking than ever before. i want us to be a secure, prosperous, tolerant country. a magnet for international talent. andy home to the pioneers and innovators who will shape the world ahead. i want us to be a truly global britain. the best friend and neighbor to our european partners. but a country that reaches beyond the borders of europe two. a country that goes out into the world to build relationships with old friends and new allies alike. i want britain to be what we have the potential and ambition to be. >> a great local trading nation. that is respected around the world. and strong, confident and
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united at home. that is why this government has a plan for britain. to get the right deal abroad but also ensure we get a deal for ordinary working people at home. it is why that plan sets out how we will use this moment of change to build a stronger economy and a fairer society. by embracing genuine economic and social reform. my our new modern industrial ã is being ensure as a nation and united kingdom can make the most of the opportunities ahead. while we will go further to reform our ensure every child has the knowledge and skills that they need to thrive and post brexit britain. why as we continue to bring the deficit down, we will take a balanced approach by investing in our economic infrastructure. because it can transform the
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great potential of our economy and improve the quality of people's lives across the whole country. it is while we preserve our precious union at the heart of everything we do. because it is only by coming together as one great union of nation and people that we can make the most of the opportunity ahead. the result of the referendum we will have a decision to move inward and retreat from the world. because britain's history and culture is profoundly international. we are in european country and proud of our shared european heritage. but we are also a country which is always looked beyond europe to a wider world. that is why we are a diverse country and one of the most culturally diverse members of the union. and where, india, pakistan, bangladesh, canada, new zealand, countries in africa.
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and those closer to home in europe. so many of us have friends and relatives from across the world. instinctively, we want to travel to study and trade with countries not just in europe but beyond the borders of content. even now as we could care to leave the eu, where planning for the next biannual commonwealth of the government's meeting in 2018. a reminder of our unique and proud global relationships. and it is important to recognize this fact. during the 23rd ãwhen britain chose to build a truly global britain. i know that this and other reasons britain took such a decision. it is not always well understood among our friends and allies in europe. and i know many fear that this might hold the beginning of a greater unraveling of the eu.
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let me be clear, i do not want that to happen. it would not be in the best interest of britain, it remains overwhelmingly and compellingly in britain's national interest that the eu should succeed. i hope in the months and years ahead will all reflect on the lessons of britain's decision to leave. so let me take this opportunity to set out the reasons for our decision. and adjust the people of europe directly. it is not simply because our history and culture is profoundly international based. important though that is. many in britain have always felt that the united kingdom's place in the european union came at the expense of our global a bolder embrace of free trade with the wider world. there are other important reasons to. a political tradition that is different.
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unlike other european countries we have no written constitution. but the principle of parliament over tea is the basis of our unwritten constitutional settlement. we have only a recent history of government though it has rapidly embedded itself. and we have little history of coalition government. the public expects to be able to hold their government into account directly. as a result, we have national institutions as strong as those created by the european union, sit uneasily in relation to our political way of life. and while i know that at times we might have been seen as an awkward state theory european union has struggled to deal with the diversity of its member countries and their interests. it bends towards conformity not possibility. the negotiation for a valiant final attempt to make this work for britain.
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i want to thank all of those elsewhere in europe who helped him to reach an agreement. but the blunt truth as we know is that there was not enough flexibility on many important matters. -- i do not understand that these things apply uniquely to britain but were not the only member state where there is a strong attachment to accountable and democratic government such as the international mindset of the diversity within europe should be celebrated. and so i believe in brexit, not just for ãas fast as it wants to succeed in the eu itself. because the great strength has always been ãthere are two ways with different interests. you can respond by trying to hold things together by force, tightening the force with a grip that ends up crashing into
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tiny pieces the very things you want to protect. or you can't respect different. cherish it. and a reformed eu so that is better with the wonderful diversity of its member states. so to our friends across europe, let me say this ãour vote to leave the european union was no rejection of the values that we share. the decision to leave the eu represents no desire to become more distant to you, our friends and neighbors. it was no attempt to harm the eu itself or to any of its remaining member states. we do not want to turn the clock back to the days when europe was less peaceful, less secure and less able to trade freely. it was a vote to restore as we see it, our parliamentary democracy. national self-determination and to become even more global and internationalist in action and in spirit. we will continue to be reliable partners. a willing ally and close friend. we want to buy your goods and
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services, trade with us really is possible and walk with one another to make sure we are all safer, more secure and more prosperous through continued friendship. you will be welcome in this country and i was will be welcome in yours. at a time when together we face a serious threat from our enemies. britain's unique intelligence capabilities will continue to help to keep people in europe safe from terrorism. and at a time when there is growing concern about european security, britain's servicemen and women, in european countries including estonia poland and romania will continue to do their duty. we are leaving the european union. but we are not leaving europe. and that is why we think a new and equal partnership between an independent of governing global britain and our friends and allies in the eu. not partial membership of the european union.
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in membership of the european union for anything that leaves us half in and half out. we do not seek to adopt a model for to be enjoyed by other countries. we do not seek to hold onto membership as we leave. number the united kingdom is leaving the european union. and my job is to get the right deal for britain as we do. so today, i want to outline our objective and negotiations ahead.12 objectives. that amount to one big goal. a new positive and constructive partnership between britain and the european union. and as we negotiate that partnership, we will be driven by simple principles. we will provide as much certainty and clarity as we can at every stage. and we will take this opportunity to make britain stronger to make britain fair
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and to build a more global britain. the first objective is crucial. we will provide certainty whenever we can. we are about to enter a negotiation. that means there will be give and take. there will have to be compromises. it will require imagination on both sides. and not everybody will be able to know everything at every stage. but i recognize how important it is to provide business and public sector and everybody with as much certainty as possible that we leave through the process. so where we can offer the 70, we will do so. that is why last year we acted quickly to give clarity about payments and university funding. and as widely we repealed the community tax will convert the body of existing eu law into british law.
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this will give the country maximum certainty as we leave the eu. the same rules will apply on the day after brexit as they did before. and it will be for the british parliament to decide on any changes to that law after scrutiny and proper parliamentary debate. when it comes to parliaments, there is one other way in which i would like to provide certainty. i can confirm today that the government will put the final deal is agreed between the uk and the eu to a vote in both houses of parliament before it comes into force. our second guiding principle is to build a stronger britain. that means taking control of our ãand -- demanded we must. so we will take back control of our laws and put an end to the jurisdiction of the european
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court of justice in britain. leaving the european union will mean that our laws will be made in westminster and ãand belfast. and they will be interpreted by judges, not luxembourg but in courts across this country. because we will not have truly loved the european union if we are not in control of our own laws. a stronger britain demands that we do something else. strengthen the precious union between the formation of the united kingdom. at this momentous time, it is more important than ever that we face the future together. united by what makes us strong. the bonds that unite us and the people in our shared interest in the uk being open, successful, trading nation in the future. and i hope that shows unity when applying our laws in particular of coming months and
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election. the main part is that we were going to reestablish a partnership government. foreign affairs are a responsibility and the uk government. and in dealing with them we act in the interest of all parts of the united kingdom. as prime minister i take that responsibility seriously. i have also been determined from the start that the administration should be fully engaged in this process. that is why the government has set up a joint committee on negotiations. ministers from each of the uk, the and administrations contribute to the planning for our departure from the european union. we have already received a paper from the ãboth papers will be considered a part of this important process. we want agree on everything. but i look forward to working
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with the administration in scotland and northern ireland to deliver a brexit that works with the whole of the united kingdom. part of that will mean working carefully to ensure that our powers are taken from brussels back to britain. the right powers to return to westminster in the right and administrations of scotland wales and northern ireland. as we do so, our wedding principle must be to ensure that as we leave the european union, no new barriers to living and doing business within our own union are created. that means maintaining the necessary common standards and frameworks our own domestic market. empowering the uk as an open trading nation. to strike the best trade deals around the world and protecting the common goals. and that we do this i should equally be clear that no decision is currently taken by the administrations will be removed. we cannot forget that as me
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leave the united kingdom we will share a land order with the eu. and maintain in that common travel area that the republic of ireland will be an important parity for the uk in the talks ahead. there has been a common travel area between the uk and the republic of ireland for many years. indeed it was formed before either of our two countries were members of the european union. and the family ties and affection that unite our two countries means that there will always be a special relationship between us. so we will work to deliver a solution that allows the maintenance of the common travel area with the republic while protecting the integrity of the united kingdom integration system. nobody wants to return to the borders of the past. so we will make it a priority to deliver a practical solution as soon as we can. the third principle is to build
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a fairer britain. that means ensuring that everyone who lives and works in this country ãwe can control immigration for britain sierra. will continue to attract the brightest and the best to work in britain. and to its national talent but remain one of the country's most distinctive assets.but that process will be managed properly and the immigration system serves the national interest. that we will get control of the numbers people coming into britain and the eu. because while control immigration can bring great benefits, feeling skill shortages, delivering public services, making british businesses the world leaders that they often are. when the numbers get too high, public support for the system alters. and inelastic it is that we've
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seen record levels of net migration in britain. in that sheer volume has put pressure on public services like schools. stretch infrastructure especially housing.and put downward pressure on wages for working class people. ãfor six years. i know you cannot control immigration overall. britain is an open and tolerant country. we will always want immigration, especially high skilled immigration. we will always want immigration from europe. it will always welcome individual migrants. but the message from the public before and during this campaign was clear.brexit must mean control of the numbers of people that come to britain from europe. and that is what we will deliver. further demands that we deal with another issue as soon as possible. we want to guarantee the rights of eu citizens who are already living in britain.
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and the rights of british nationals and other member states as early as we can. i told other eu leaders that we can give people the certainty they want straightaway and reach such a deal now. many of them they such an agreement is favored. while others do not. but i want everyone to know that it remains an important priority britain and for many other member states. to resolve this challenge as soon as possible. because it is the right and fair thing to do. and a fairer britain is a country that protects and enhances the rights people have at work. that is why as we translate the body of european law into our domestic regulations, we will ensure that workers rights are fully protected and maintained. indeed, under my leadership not only will the government protect the lives of workers in the european legislation, we will build on it. because under this conservative government, we will make sure
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legal protection for workers keeps pace with the changing labor market. and that the voices of workers are heard. by the board, the publicly listed companies for the first time. but the grt pride for this country, the opportunity ahead, is to use this moment to build a truly global britain a country that reaches out to old friends and new allies alike. a great global trading nation. one of the firmest advocates of free trade anywhere in the world. that structure their close friends and neighbors in europe. so as a priority, we will seek a bold and ambitious free-trade agreement with the european union. this agreement should allow for the free and possible trade in goods and services between britain and the eu member states. it should give british companies the maximum freedom to trade with and operate within european markets. and that european businesses do
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the same in britain. i want to be clear, when i am proposing cannot mean memberships of the single market. european leaders have said many times that membership means accepting the four freedoms of good, capital, services and people. and being out of the eu but a member of the single market, would mean complying with the eu's rules and regulations that implement those freedoms. without having vote on what those rules and regulations are. it would mean accepting a role from the european court of justice that would see is so having direct legal equality in our country. it would for all intents and purposes mean not leaving the eu at all. and that is why in the referendum campaign they made it clear that a vote to leave
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the eu would be a vote for the single market. -- instead, we seek the greatest possible access to it. through a new comprehensive bold and ambitious free-trade agreement. that agreement may take a lot of arrangements in certain areas. for experts example, the freedom to provide financial ã it does not make sense to start from scratch. but i respect, taken by european leaders who have been clear about their position as i am clear about mine. so an important part of the new strategic partnership we seek with the eu will be the pursuit of the greatest possible access to the single market. on a fully reciprocal basis.
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comprehensive free-trade agreement. and because we will no longer be members of the single market, we will not be required to contribute to the budget. there may be some programs we might want to participate. if so, it will be for us to decide. it is reasonable that we should make an appropriate contribution. but the principle is clear. the days of britain making vast contributions to the european union every year will and. but it is not just trade with the eu we should be interested in. a global written, free to write trade agreements with countries from outside of the european union. because important though our trade with the eu is and will remain, it is clear that the uk needs to increase significantly its trade with the fastest growing markets in the world. since joining the eu, ãhas
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broadly stagnated in the uk. that has ãthat is why it is time for britain to get out into the world and rediscover its role at a great global trade nation. this is such a priority to me that when i became prime minister i established for the first time a department for international trade that ãwe wanted to get out into the wider world to trade and do business all around the globe. countries including china, brazil and the gulf states have already expressed interest in striking trade deals with us. we started discussions on future trade ties to countries like australia, new zealand and india. and president-elect donald trump has it britain is not at the back of the queue free-trade deal with the united states or the world's biggest economy but front of the line. i know my emphasis on trade agreements with countries
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outside of europe has led to questions of whether or not britain seeks to remain part of the eu but it is true that full customs union membership prevents us from negotiating our own comprehensive trade deals. now i want britain to negotiate its own trade agreements. but i also want free trade with europe and cross-border trade there to be as frictionless as possible. that means i do not want britain to be part of the common commercial policy. and i do not want us to be bound by the common external tariffs. these are the elements of the customs union. that prevent us from striking our own comprehensive trade agreements with other countries. but i do want us to have a customs agreement with the eu. whether that means we will reach a completely new customs agreement, become an associate member of the customs union in some way or remain a signatory
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to some elements of it. i hope no preconceived position. i have an open mind on how we do it. it is not the means that matter but the end.and that is clear.i want to remove as many ãto trade as possible. and i want britain to be free to establish our own schedules at the wto. meaning we can reach new trade agreements, not just with the eu but with old friends into new allies from outside of europe also. a global britain must also be a country that looks to the future. that means being one of the best places in the world for science and innovation. one of our great strengths as a nation is the academic and scientific community. backed by some of the world's best universities. we have a proud history of leading and supporting cutting-edge research and
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innovation. we will also welcome agreements to continue to collaborate with our european partners on major science research and technology initiatives. from space explosion and medical technologies, britain will remain in the forefront of these endeavors to better understand and make better a world in which we live. and a global britain will continue to cooperate with its european partners in important areas such as crime, terrorism and foreign affairs. all of us in europe think the challenge across order crime. a deadly terrorist threat. and the dangers presented by hostile states. all of us share interests and family in common. values we want to say. projected around the world. with threats to the common
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security becoming more serious. our reforms cannot be to cooperate with but to work together more. i want our future relationships with the european union to engage practical arrangements on matters of law enforcement and sharing of intelligence material with the new allies. i am proud of the role britain plays and will continue to play in europe. britain has led europe and measures to keep the continent secure. and implementing sanctions against russia for action and crime, working for peace and stability and securing europe's external border. we will continue to work closely with our european allies in foreign defense policy. even as we leave the eu itself. these are our objectives for negotiation ahead. objectives that will help to witness our ambition, shaping
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that stronger, fairer, global vision that we want to see. they are the basis for a new strong constructive partnership with the european union.a partnership of friends and allies.interest and values. a partnership for a strong eu and a strong uk. and one further objective, as i have said before, it is in no one's interest for that to be a ãfor business or threaten stability as we change existing relationship to a new partnership with the eu. by this i do not mean we will seek some form of unlimited transitional status in which we find ourselves stuck forever in some political purgatory. that would not be good for britain. nor do i believe it will be good for the eu. instead, i want us to have reached an agreement about the future the time the article for the process is concluded, from that
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point onward we believe the process of implementation in which both britain and the eu institution and member states prepare for the new arrangement that will exist between us, will be in our mutual self-interest. this gives businesses enough time to plan and prepare for new arrangements. it might be about immigration control, customs and in a way which we cooperate on criminal justice matters. it might be about the future legal and ratedãbsome might be quick and some may take longer. and the interim arrangements i would like to be a matter of negotiation. the purpose is clear. we will seek to avoid disruptive cliff edge and will do everything we can to phase in the new arrangements we require as britain and the eu
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move toward the new partnership. so these are the objectives. certainly wherever possible, control of our own loss, strengthening the united kingdom, maintaining the common travel area with ireland. controlling immigration, rights for the eu and britain and vice versa. we trade with european market, agreements with other countries, a leading role in science and innovation, cooperation on crime, terrorism and foreign affairs. and in approach delivering a smooth and orderly brexit. this is the deal that will herald a new partnership between the uk and the eu. this is a comprehensive and carefully considered plan. that focuses on the and, not just the means. and with eyes fixed firmly on the future. and the kind of country that we
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will be once we leave. it will reflect the hard work of many in this room today. i have worked tireless to pull it together and prepare this country for the negotiations ahead.and it will i know, be discussed at length. it is only right. but those who are just to reveal more such as the details of our negotiation strategy, the areas in which we might compromise the places where we have potential trade-off. will not be acting in the national interest. because this is not a game. opposition for opposition, it is a crucial and sensitive negotiation. that will define the interest and success of our country for many years to come. and it is vital that we maintain our ãthat is why i said before and will continue to say, for every stray word
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and every media reported were made harder for us to get the right deal for britain. i looked at the numbers which is why they are keeping their discipline. the government knows it. which is why will also maintain ireland. so however, frustrating some people find it, the government will not be pressured into saying more than i believe is our national interest to say. because it is not my job to fill inches with daily updates. to get the right deal for britain. and that is what i intend to do. i am confident that a deal and a new strategic partnership between the uk and the eu can be achieved. and because having conversations with almost every leader from every single eu member state, having spent time talking to those from european
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institutions and incoming president schultz. and my cabinet colleagues david davis, johnson, have done the same with their officers. i'm confident that the vast majority was a positive relationship between the uk and the eu after brexit. and i'm confident that the objectives i am setting out today are consistent with the needs of the eu and its member states. that is why our objectives include a proposed free trade agreement between britain and the european union as explicitly to rule out membership of the eu civil market. because when the eu leaders say they believe the four freedoms of the single market are indivisible, we respect that position. on the 27 member states say want to continue their journey inside the european union, we not only respect that fact but support it. because we do not want to
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undermine that market. and we do not want to undermine the european union. we want the eu to be a success and we wanted to remain member states to prosper. and of course, we want the same for britain. the second reason i believe it is possible to reach a good deal, is that the kind of agreement i have described today is the economically rational thing that both britain and the eu should aim for. because trade is not a game. more of it makes us all more prosperous. free trade between britain and the european union means more trade, that means more jobs and more wealth creation. and meanwhile barriers made every verse, less trade, fewer jobs, no growth. the third and final reason i believe we can come to the right agreement is that cooperation between britain and
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the eu is needed not just when it comes to trade, but when it comes to our security also. britain and france are nuclear powers. while being two european countries from the united nations security council. britain's armed forces are a crucial part of europe's defense. in our intelligence capabilities, unique in europe have already saved countless lives and many terrorist plots that have been thwarted across the continent. after brexit, and wants to be a good friend and neighbor in every way. and that includes defending the safety and security of all of our citizens. i believe the same work i've outlined today is in britain's interests and in europe's interest and it is in the interest of the wider world. i must be clear, britain wants to remain a good friend and neighbor to europe.
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but i know there are some voices calling for a punitive deal. that punishes britain and discourages other countries from taking the same path. that would be an active calamitous self harm to the countries of europe and it would not be the act of a friend. britain would not, indeed we could not accept such an approach. and while i'm confident that this scenario needs never arise, while i'm sure a positive agreement can be reached, i am equally clear that no deal for britain is better than a bad deal for britain. because we would still be able to trade with europe, we would still be free to fight trade deals across the world. and we would have freedom to set competitive tax rates and policy that would attract the world best companies and biggest investors to britain. and if we were excluded from that single market will be free to change the basis of the
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economic market. but for the eu it would mean new barriers to trade with one of the biggest economies in the world. it would jeopardize investments in britain by eu companies worth more than half a trillion pounds. it would mean loss of access for european firms to the financial services in the city of london. it would risk! in the eu to britain around 290 billion pounds every year. and it would disrupt sophisticated and integrated supply chain upon which many eu companies rely. in both sectors of the eu economy would also suffer. from a crucial export market for europe industries as well as sectors including energy, food and drink, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and agriculture. they employee millions of people in europe. -- french farmers, spanish fishermen, the young unemployed
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and millions of others that they want to make them poor just to punish britain and make a political point. for all of these reasons, and because of our shared values and the spirit of goodwill that exists on both sides. i am confident that will follow a better path. i'm confident that a positive agreement can be reached. it is right that the government should prepare for every eventuality. but to do so in the knowledge that a constructive and optimistic approach to the negotiations to come are in the best interest of europe and the best interest of britain. we do not approach these negotiations expecting failure but anticipating success. because we are a great global nation with so much to offer europe and so much to offer the of the world's largest and strongest economies. with the finest intelligence services and armed forces ãand
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another thing important, the essential ingredient of our success. the strength and support of 65 million people willing us to make it happen. because after all of the discard, the country is coming together. the referendum was divisive at times. and positions have taken time to heal.but one of the reasons britain's democracy has been such a success for so many years, is the strength of our identity as one nation. their respect we show to one another as fellow citizens. and the importance to our institutions. it means that when a vote is being held we all accept the results. they have there is responsibility to act ãthe losers the responsibility to respect the legitimacy of the outcome.
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and the country comes together. and that is what we are seeing today. they are not contrary reverse the result. they are asking us overwhelmingly to get on with it. and the overwhelming majority of people however, they both did want us to get on with it too. that is what we will do. not merely forming a new partnership with europe. but building a stronger, fairer, more global britain. and let that be the legacy of our time. the pride towards which we work. the destination at which we arrive once negotiation is done. let's not just do it for ourselves but those who follow. for the children and grandchildren. so that when the future generations look back at this time, they will judge us not only by the decision that we made but by what we made that decision.
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they will see that we shaped them brighter future. they will know that we built them a better britain. thank you. [applause] >> i think we have a few members of prez here that might have questions. laura. >> thank you prime minister. during the referendum campaign you said plainly, you believe if we left the eu and the single market the country, family and citizens would be worse off. now either you have changed your mind or as prime minister have made a decision that you believe will lead the country and its citizens ãwhich is it?
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>> just look at what happened in terms of the economic nation that we have sense of the brexit vote. will have seen that all economic indicators have been more positive than people predicted. it is only this week that the ã they have concerns that we have the fastest growing economy last year. and i'm talking about today the country coming together and looking to that brighter future as a global britain. it didn't just involve us leaving the eu. we are not leaving europe, we are leaving the eeo. we will be ãthis is by competent future, a trading nation that is out there bringing prosperity to the united kingdom. and in doing that i think that will be a benefit to other countries in europe and also fit across the world. francis. >> francis from the times.
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it is a question of whether there is a preferential access to the eu nationals as part of the -- or do you say that they will treat the eu nations exactly the same as non-eu nations. and do you, does bristol believe in a two state solution in the middle east? >> well i'm so happy to answer the second one. yes we do continue to believe in a two state solution in the middle east. and that is something we will be working for and will continue to work for. on the immigration issue, i said clearly we want to control immigration to the uk from the eu. the home office is working in various ways in which that could be achieved. but i also set out clearly today that we do recognize the importance of us welcoming people to come into the uk. we want to welcome the brightest and the best. we know the benefits that can bring.
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we recognize the value and the contribution that has been made by people in the eu have come here to the uk in the past and are still here.but we will set our immigration rules according to the objectives that i have sent out. is there anybody from the european ãis figaro here? >> ãon this immigration issue, will be there any exemptions from of course, the british sectors, british business sectors according to their needs? as i have just said we are looking at the exact rules and structure that will be for the immigration system. but the way we have always looked at the issue of controlling our immigration is recognizing the need to bring the brightest and the best to the united kingdom. and the value people can bring into the united kingdom. but i think what is clear from the vote is that as we leave the eu people want to make
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those decisions ourselves. to what our immigration system is, the people coming in from the european union. and we will be doing just that. robert. >> sorry to press you on this but are you saying that when you argued that we would be worse off from leaving the eu and the single market, you know recognizing your wrong about that. and you have confirmed that parliament will have a vote on the final deal. if parliament were to reject the final deal, would we still be in the eu equates. >> first of all, anyone that knows that i campaigned ãthe government is people on both sides of the argument when the referendum came. but now what we are doing is saying, and as i said economic, what we have seen in the economy since we took that vote to leave has been more positive than many predicted in advance of the votes being taken.
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today is about us coming together and seeing what are the opportunities we can now embrace across the world and in our future relationship with the eu. partnership with eu, opportunities that will increase that prosperity for the united kingdom.and will out there across the world, we will start slow down and bring them home. i will take one ? >>. [inaudible] >> there will be a vote for the british parliament when it comes to the deal as i said. we have already had, if you think about it, the british parliament voted overwhelmingly for this to be a choice of the british people. the british parliament recently voted overwhelmingly effectively for the government to get on with it. and i'm sure the british parliament want to deliver on the views of the british people who respect the democratic decision we have taken. i will take one more question from ãi think we have spanish ?
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>> in the negotiation of the new free trade and customs agreement, would you confirm that you would like any financial contribution to the european union and that will be out of the complete -- with the main negotiation weapon be the threat of becoming a tax haven quaint as well, first of all i mean another thing people voted for when they wanted to leave the european union is to stop constantly every up a large amounts of money to the eu. in a particular project we might want to ãit might be -- i think you used the phrase, i think a weapon. this is not about a weapon. this is not a better confrontation. this is about two sides coming together who negotiate and agree a deal that is going to be in the interest of both parties. i think this is crucially
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important. we don't look at this is just what is going to be right for the eu. or for the uk. i want to ensure we get a deal that is right for the uk. in doing that i think we will also see a deal that is right for the european union as well. i want to approach us in a positive optimistic way. i think it is good on both sides and i think we can sit down and come to a partnership for the future that will be both ãto our mutual benefit. thank you. [applause] >> members of parliament will get a chance to question british prime minister theresa may about brexit and international trade at the weekly session of prime minister's questions. watch our live coverage of the british house of commons 7:00 a.m. eastern time here on c-span2.
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c-span's washington journal, live every day with news and policy issues that impact you. coming up wednesday morning, james competitor, resident fellow at the american enterprise institute. and spiro health policy vice president from the center for american progress will join us to discuss the legacy of the affordable care act. including its successes and failures. since it started in 2010. as well as a look ahead to what a retail would mean for consumers. be sure to rgc spans washington journal beginning live at 7:00 a.m. eastern wednesday morning. join the discussion. ♪ ♪ [music] ãbthe presidential inauguration of donald trump is friday, c-span will have live coverage of all of the days
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events and ceremonies. watch live on c-span and also on the free c-span radio app. >> ambassador samantha power delivered a final public remarks today at the atlantic council in washington d.c.. she focused on russia and how the next administration could counter that amir putin's interventionist foreign policy. donald trump is named south carolina governor nikki haley as his choice for un ambassador. this is an hour. reel america five . [inaudible conversations] >> good afternoon.


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