LONDON – The United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Theresa May said she remains committed to the country’s decision to leave the European Union and told of her optimism for the country’s withdrawal from the bloc, in an article the conservative leader penned for a British tabloid newspaper on Sunday.
European Union leaders gave on Friday the green-light for Brexit discussions to progress to the second phase and paving the way for future trade talks, in a move widely considered a success for Theresa May, who had been back and forth to Brussels for last-minute talks aimed at securing the stipulations of phase one.
“I will not be derailed from my duty to deliver your democratic decision,” the Tory leader wrote in the Sunday Express, a right-wing-leaning tabloid. “Amid all the noise this Government is getting on with the job.”
A recent revolt by pro-EU conservative ministers that helped shoot down a piece of Brexit legislation in the House of Commons, the UK’s lower parliament, caused a stir in the local media and gave impetus to May’s critics, who suggested she did not have control of her party.
The PM insisted that Brexit would provide fresh prospects for the UK, writing “We are looking ahead with optimism as we secure a smooth and orderly Brexit while taking back control of our borders, money and laws once again.”
However, a planned transition period of two years, meaning the UK would abide by EU law until 2021, was condemned by some Conservative backbenchers.
Furthermore, in an interview with the Sunday Times, May’s foreign secretary and leading figure in the campaign to leave the EU, Boris Johnson, warned that the UK should not become “a vassal of the EU” after Brexit.
The UK is on course to leave the EU on March 29, 2019.