May tries to put party's Brexit divisions 'to bed'

Ever since the referendum, an ideological war has raged over what the Prime Minister actually meant when she said "Brexit means Brexit", with different factions in her party and cabinet trying to bounce from hard to soft.
Today she tried to put those divisions to bed, as she dialled down the ideological rhetoric and instead went into detail about what she wants Britain’s future relationship with the EU to be.For her Brexiteers, she reiterated her pledge that Brexit would mean taking "back control of our borders, laws and money". Britain is leaving the customs union and the single market, Parliament will be sovereign once more.But for the Remainers, Mrs May promised she would try to deliver the softest of Brexits she can get away with.That means, in practical terms, a commitment to continuing to align with EU rules and regulations over the long term.
May tries to put party's Brexit divisions 'to bed'

Theresa May made her speech at Mansion House in the City of London
A couple of stand-out moments came when the Prime Minister signalled her desire for the UK to be an "associate member" of the EU's aviation, medicines and chemicals agencies.She also said she was prepared to ensure that UK regulatory standards would remain "at least as high as the EU's". Again, close alignment in order to deliver frictionless trade, and ease the tensions over the Irish border.
For the Brexiteers, there was a recommitment to preparing for no deal and a promise to leave the common agricultural and fisheries policy.No row-back then on the red lines on leaving the single market and customs union and the jurisdiction of the European courts, although there was a bit of blurring here and there.Flashpoints perhaps around her acknowledgement that that European courts "continue to affect" the UK and her admission she would be prepared to make "binding commitments" for regulations to remain in line with the EU – something Boris Johnson and David Davis wanted removed from the speech.
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But, as she herself said in her Mansion House speech, "[we] need to face the fact this is a negotiation and neither of us can have exactly what we want".It was a message as much for the different factions in her cabinet and party as it was for her partners in the EU, and her ability to grind out a deal in the coming months depends on how much compromise both Brussels and her own people are prepared to make.
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