European Council

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:43 pm on 14th March 2017.

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Photo of Theresa May Theresa May The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party 12:43 pm, 14th March 2017

The hon. Lady will be aware that, as we enter the negotiation, there is a wide range of issues that we will be considering and discussing with the European Union. I did not respond to this issue earlier, but a number of Members have used the term “divorce”. I prefer not to use that term with regard to the European Union, because, often, when people get divorced, they do not have a good relationship afterwards. Hon. Members need to stop looking at this as simply coming out of the European Union and see the opportunity for building a new relationship with the European Union, as that is what we will be doing.

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