“Soft power only works because hard power stands behind it…That’s why this is our moment to retain our competitive advantage and invest in hard power capabilities.”
Russia. May’s “full and robust respose” to the “unlawful use of force” in Salisbury. Her Commons statement: full text.
“The United Kingdom will now expel 23 Russian diplomats who have been identified as undeclared intelligence officers.”
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“We will not tolerate such a brazen attempt to murder innocent civilians on our soil” – May’s Salisbury statement, full text.
“We have led the way in securing tough sanctions against the Russian economy…We must now stand ready to take much more extensive measures.”
“I want to be straight with people – because the reality is that we all need to face up to some hard facts.” May’s Brexit speech – full text
“We need to resolve the tensions between some of our key objectives…but there are some tensions in the EU’s position too – and some hard facts for them to face as well.”
“We cannot allow our future to be determined by our past. Instead, we should turn our sail and tack into the global trading winds of the future.”
“Wide-ranging devolution from Westminster as well as Brussels”. Lidington’s Brexit and the Union speech: full text.
“This would mean a very big change to the EU Withdrawal Bill that is before Parliament and a significant step forward in these negotiations.”
“That means equality of access to an academic university education, and a much greater focus on the technical alternatives too.”
“Those who threaten our security would like nothing more than to see us fractured.” May’s security speech in Munich speech. Full text.
“If the priority becomes avoiding new cooperation with a country outside the EU, then this will have damaging real world consequences for the security of all our people.”
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“It is our stubborn attachment to running ourselves that will end up making our society fairer and more prosperous.” Johnson’s Brexit speech – full text
“It has become absolutely clear to me that we cannot take the argument for granted.”
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“Why shouldn’t a mutual, a not-for-profit, or even a charity be able to bid” to run the East Coast Mainline? Tugendhat on markets.
“Competition doesn’t mean privatisation.” The full text of his speech to the Social Market Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
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“The ideal of a truly plural and open public sphere where everyone can take part is in danger.” May’s speech on public life. Full text.
“Each day, when I pass the portraits of my 53 predecessors, 52 of whom were men, I focus not on what I can say but on what I can do to make our country a better place.”