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Professor Philip Cowley, Theresa May to lay out Brexit plans in Brussels


Theresa May heads to her first Brussels summit of EU leaders as she wrestles to balance demands at home on how to extract the UK from the bloc. She faces a vociferous group of euroskeptic lawmakers in her party that seeks certainty she is pursuing a hard break with the EU and that Britain will regain control over its borders, but she also is trying not to alienate the vast number of businesses calling for minimal disturbance to Britain’s trade relations with EU partners. “[Mrs. May] has to deal with this trade-off between engaging with Europe in trade and managing to restrict immigration into Britain. It’s an incredibly difficult balancing act,” said Professor Philip Cowley.
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