In an attempt to convince fellow UK nations that their input is vital to the upcoming Brexit negotiations, Prime Minister Theresa May will be starting her tour of the UK on Monday.
Due to trigger Article 50, her office has said May will be visiting Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to hear the government’s differing views on Brexit.
“From my first day … I made clear my determination to strengthen and sustain the precious union. I have also been clear that as we leave the European Union I will work to deliver a deal that works for the whole of the UK.” Said May in a statement.
“I want every part of the United Kingdom to be able to make the most of the opportunities ahead and for Welsh businesses to benefit from the freest possible trade as part of a global trading nation.
“This Government’s Plan for Britain will seek to deliver a stronger, fairer United Kingdom and a better deal for ordinary working people in Wales and across the nation.”
The Prime Minister is attempting to reach out in order to address criticisms that she is not paying proper attention to different administrations.
Last week Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that she plans to push for a second Scottish referendum, despite May saying it was not the right time.
“There is no queue to join the European Union and we have had several voices over recent times saying that if Scotland wanted to be in the EU then there would be a very open warm reception for that,” Sturgeon told Sky News.
Northern Ireland’s largest Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein also said that he wants a referendum on splitting from the UK “as soon as possible” to join the Republic of Ireland.
May’s tour, which will start in Wales today, will with the signing of the multi-million pound City Deal project that is aimed to boost the area around Swansea – proof, according to parliament, that the UK Government engages and listens “to people right across the nation.”