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Another step on the road to Brexit: what should we make of Theresa May’s latest speech?

It was about trying to hit the sweet spot between control and access

By Jill Rutter  

Prime Minister Theresa May delivers her speech at Mansion House. Photo: Leon Neal/PA Wire/PA Images

On Friday, the prime minister seemed to have found a speechwriter who was much more comfortable with speaking European than whoever wrote her first party conference speech or her effort at Lancaster House. Gone was the language of British exceptionalism, citizens of nowhere and global Britain, replaced by nods to the desire to stay “a modern, open, outward-looking, European democracy.” The prime minister—and her speechwriter—had also been mugging up on their European trade…

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