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May: Britain will play 'full and active' role in EU until Brexit

Prime Minister Theresa May has said Britain will play a "full and active role in the EU" until it leaves.

Following Brexit, Britain will remain "open" and "outward looking" and is committed to trading freely with other European countries, she said.

The prime minister is attending her first EU summit following the referendum.

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May presses EU for a 'bespoke' Brexit deal

Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker Credit: PA

Theresa May has pressed the EU for a "bespoke" Brexit deal that would allow the UK to control migration while still keeping strong trade links, a spokeman has said.

The prime minister vowed to carry out talks in a "positive and constructive spirit" in a one-on-one meeting with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels.

It came after she was sidelined at a summit which saw her only allowed to address fellow leaders briefly on the UK's plans for Brexit.

A No 10 spokesman said Mrs May had stressed that Britain would remain a strong partner to Europe even after leaving the bloc, as she tries to set a positive tone on the difficult talks.

The Prime Minister set out that the UK would be looking for a bespoke model rather than an 'off the shelf' solution.

She explained that we would needto see controls on the numbers of people who come to Britain from Europeas well as a positive outcome for those who wish to trade in goodsand services.

They agreed we should approach the Brexit negotiations in a positive and constructive spirit to ensure the process is as smooth and orderly as possible.

– Downing Street spokesman

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