Close
Date TimeSeptember 14, 2017
VoiceA speech by Theresa May billed as an important moment in the Brexit negotiation process is to take place in Florence next week, Downing Street has announced.

May will speak in the historic Italian city on Friday 22 September “to update on Brexit negotiations so far”, the prime minister’s spokesman said.

“She will underline the government’s wish for a deep and special partnership with the European Union once the UK leaves the EU,” he said.

News of the planned address emerged just over a week ago when Guy Verhofstadt, the European parliament’s Brexit coordinator, said the next round of UK-EU talks on the subject would most likely be delayed as May planned to make an “important intervention” on the issue.

Theresa May to deliver Brexit speech in Florence

May’s spokesman gave no further details of what the prime minister would be saying and whether the speech would include any new information or proposals.

“The PM has said that she would provide updates on how the negotiations were going and be engaged in an ongoing conversation with Europe, and that’s what she’s doing,” he said.

May will be travelling to Italy purely to make the speech, which is not tied in to any bilateral talks or conferences. The list of attendees has yet to be announced, but Downing Street has informed the office of the Italian prime minister, Paolo Gentiloni, about the event.

Asked why the venue had been picked, May’s spokesman said the prime minister “wanted to give a speech on the UK’s future relationship with Europe in its historical heart”.

He said: “The UK has had deep cultural and economic ties spanning centuries with Florence, a city known for its historical trading power. As the UK leaves the EU, we will retain those close ties. As the prime minister has said on many occasions, we are leaving the EU, not Europe.”


Related Stories
Rachel Johnson goes completely topless for live Brexit debateRachel Johnson goes completely topless for live Brexit debate
Brexit: What awaits Theresa May in Brussels after hell jibe?Brexit: What awaits Theresa May in Brussels after 'hell' jibe?
Labour MPs Ann Coffey, Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger, Angela Smith, Chris Leslie, Gavin Shuker And Mike Gapes Quit Party To Form The Independent GroupLabour MPs Ann Coffey, Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger, Angela Smith, Chris Leslie, Gavin Shuker And Mike Gapes Quit Party To Form 'The Independent Group'
Brexit: Third of UK businesses considering move abroad - surveyBrexit: Third of UK businesses considering move abroad - survey
Neil Warnock on Brexit: ‘I can’t wait to leave. To hell with the rest of the world’Neil Warnock on Brexit: ‘I can’t wait to leave. To hell with the rest of the world’
Gareth Johnson: Tory Tasked With Getting Other MPs To Vote For May’s Deal Quits – To Vote Against ItGareth Johnson: Tory Tasked With Getting Other MPs To Vote For May’s Deal Quits – To Vote Against It
Anna Soubry, Sarah Wollaston And Heidi Allen Quit Conservative Party To Join Independent Group Of MPsAnna Soubry, Sarah Wollaston And Heidi Allen Quit Conservative Party To Join Independent Group Of MPs
Little sign of Brexit progress as May and Juncker clashLittle sign of Brexit progress as May and Juncker clash
Airbus could quit Britain as it calls Brexit a ‘disgrace’Airbus could quit Britain as it calls Brexit a ‘disgrace’
John Bercows decision endangers the office of Speaker, and our democracy | Anne PerkinsJohn Bercow's decision endangers the office of Speaker, and our democracy | Anne Perkins
News Trends
Why celebs should get a workout in on Oscars morningWhy celebs should get a workout in on Oscars morning
PewDiePie features Elon Musk and Rick and Morty’s Justin Roiland on Meme Review and fans can’t handle itPewDiePie features Elon Musk and Rick and Morty’s Justin Roiland on Meme Review and fans can’t handle it
Stanley Donen, director of Singin in the Rain, dies aged 94Stanley Donen, director of Singin' in the Rain, dies aged 94
Burnley’s Ashley Barnes hits Spurs’ title hopes with winner after Kane goalBurnley’s Ashley Barnes hits Spurs’ title hopes with winner after Kane goal
Microsoft Workers Say the Company Is War Profiteering, and They’ve Timed Their Protest to HurtMicrosoft Workers Say the Company Is War Profiteering, and They’ve Timed Their Protest to Hurt
R. Kelly Turns Himself in to Chicago PoliceR. Kelly Turns Himself in to Chicago Police
Joe Swash mocking pregnant girlfriend Stacey Solomon on Instagram is everythingJoe Swash mocking pregnant girlfriend Stacey Solomon on Instagram is everything
Jihadi Jack, the Briton accused of fighting for Isil: I miss my mum, pasties and Doctor Who - I want to go homeJihadi Jack, the Briton accused of fighting for Isil: 'I miss my mum, pasties and Doctor Who - I want to go home'
Feinstein Gets Confrontational With Children Asking Her to Support Green New DealFeinstein Gets Confrontational With Children Asking Her to Support Green New Deal
Comedian Brody Stevens dies at 48, prompting mourning: Everybody loved BrodyComedian Brody Stevens dies at 48, prompting mourning: 'Everybody loved Brody'
Leaders
Donald-TrumpDonald Trump
45th President of the United States of America
Mike-PenceMike Pence
Vice President of the United States
Theresa-MayTheresa May
British Prime Minister
Angela-MerkelAngela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Emmanuel-MacronEmmanuel Macron
President of France
Justin-TrudeauJustin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Nancy-PelosiNancy Pelosi
Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
Barack-ObamaBarack Obama
44th U.S. President
Vladimir-PutinVladimir Putin
Russian President
Shinzo-AbeShinzō Abe
Prime Minister of Japan
Related Stories
Rachel Johnson goes completely topless for live Brexit debateRachel Johnson goes completely topless for live Brexit debate
Brexit: What awaits Theresa May in Brussels after hell jibe?Brexit: What awaits Theresa May in Brussels after 'hell' jibe?
Labour MPs Ann Coffey, Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger, Angela Smith, Chris Leslie, Gavin Shuker And Mike Gapes Quit Party To Form The Independent GroupLabour MPs Ann Coffey, Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger, Angela Smith, Chris Leslie, Gavin Shuker And Mike Gapes Quit Party To Form 'The Independent Group'
Brexit: Third of UK businesses considering move abroad - surveyBrexit: Third of UK businesses considering move abroad - survey
Neil Warnock on Brexit: ‘I can’t wait to leave. To hell with the rest of the world’Neil Warnock on Brexit: ‘I can’t wait to leave. To hell with the rest of the world’
Gareth Johnson: Tory Tasked With Getting Other MPs To Vote For May’s Deal Quits – To Vote Against ItGareth Johnson: Tory Tasked With Getting Other MPs To Vote For May’s Deal Quits – To Vote Against It
Anna Soubry, Sarah Wollaston And Heidi Allen Quit Conservative Party To Join Independent Group Of MPsAnna Soubry, Sarah Wollaston And Heidi Allen Quit Conservative Party To Join Independent Group Of MPs
Little sign of Brexit progress as May and Juncker clashLittle sign of Brexit progress as May and Juncker clash
Airbus could quit Britain as it calls Brexit a ‘disgrace’Airbus could quit Britain as it calls Brexit a ‘disgrace’
John Bercows decision endangers the office of Speaker, and our democracy | Anne PerkinsJohn Bercow's decision endangers the office of Speaker, and our democracy | Anne Perkins
News Trends
Why celebs should get a workout in on Oscars morningWhy celebs should get a workout in on Oscars morning
PewDiePie features Elon Musk and Rick and Morty’s Justin Roiland on Meme Review and fans can’t handle itPewDiePie features Elon Musk and Rick and Morty’s Justin Roiland on Meme Review and fans can’t handle it
Stanley Donen, director of Singin in the Rain, dies aged 94Stanley Donen, director of Singin' in the Rain, dies aged 94
Burnley’s Ashley Barnes hits Spurs’ title hopes with winner after Kane goalBurnley’s Ashley Barnes hits Spurs’ title hopes with winner after Kane goal
Microsoft Workers Say the Company Is War Profiteering, and They’ve Timed Their Protest to HurtMicrosoft Workers Say the Company Is War Profiteering, and They’ve Timed Their Protest to Hurt
R. Kelly Turns Himself in to Chicago PoliceR. Kelly Turns Himself in to Chicago Police
Joe Swash mocking pregnant girlfriend Stacey Solomon on Instagram is everythingJoe Swash mocking pregnant girlfriend Stacey Solomon on Instagram is everything
Jihadi Jack, the Briton accused of fighting for Isil: I miss my mum, pasties and Doctor Who - I want to go homeJihadi Jack, the Briton accused of fighting for Isil: 'I miss my mum, pasties and Doctor Who - I want to go home'
Feinstein Gets Confrontational With Children Asking Her to Support Green New DealFeinstein Gets Confrontational With Children Asking Her to Support Green New Deal
Comedian Brody Stevens dies at 48, prompting mourning: Everybody loved BrodyComedian Brody Stevens dies at 48, prompting mourning: 'Everybody loved Brody'
Leaders
Donald-TrumpDonald Trump
45th President of the United States of America
Mike-PenceMike Pence
Vice President of the United States
Theresa-MayTheresa May
British Prime Minister
Angela-MerkelAngela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Emmanuel-MacronEmmanuel Macron
President of France
Justin-TrudeauJustin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Nancy-PelosiNancy Pelosi
Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
Barack-ObamaBarack Obama
44th U.S. President
Vladimir-PutinVladimir Putin
Russian President
Shinzo-AbeShinzō Abe
Prime Minister of Japan
Schumer and Pelosi say Trump agreed to fix DACA and tackle border security, minus his border wall. The WH disagrees
Royal wedding on the way? Prince Harry 'introduces Meghan Markle to the Queen at Balmoral'
Clinton Torches Ivanka For ‘Lip Service,’ Says She Should Be ‘Held Accountable’
Hear the White House response to Jemele Hill's tweets
End of the World on September 23, 2017: Shock Bible prophecy warns The Rapture is COMING
Bye-bye, bikini: Kate Upton made her modestly-dressed NYFW debut at Michael Kors
Russia says it proposed full normalization with US under Trump
Feds call July 2018 timeline for marijuana legalization ‘reasonable’
FOOD SHORTAGE: Caribbean running out of supplies
Emmys: Colbert Calls Trump "Biggest" TV Star, Jokes About Host "Manual Labor"
Trudeau's Bahamas vacation cost over $215K — far more than initially disclosed
Millions in Florida could be without electricity for weeks with temperatures in the 90s
How 'Black Mirror' Predicted New Apple Technology
The Disaster Artist review – James Franco's ode to bad film-making is a riot
ESPN’s Jemele Hill: Trump Is A ‘White Supremacist’ And Unfit For Office
Niall Horan parties on a luxury yacht with friends in Sydney
Aussie tradie attempts to rescue great white shark by dragging it into the sea off Manly Beach - Daily Telegraph
Edith Windsor, Plaintiff In Landmark Same-Sex Marriage Case, Dies
iPhone 8, iPhone X will have wireless charging with Qi, AirPower
Under fire for storm response, Macron arrives in hurricane-hit French islands
Hope Hicks Named White House Communications Director
All The Possible Excuses For Ted Cruz ‘Liking’ A Porn Video
Theresa May asked Trump to step into dispute between Boeing and Bombardier
Exclusive: Hillary Clinton says Trump associates helped Russia meddle in the 2016 election
Electricity is out for almost 8 million, including nearly 60% of Florida
Canadians return home after harrowing encounter with Irma
Some areas can't be reached to really find out the extent of the damage
'Bachelor in Paradise' Stars on Why the ABC Dating Show Can Work
‘Independencia!’ Hundreds of thousands rally in Barcelona as tensions rise over vote to separate from Spain
SEE THE DAMAGE: Irma slams Florida
'Transparent': Jill Gordon Replaces Jill Soloway as Showrunner for Season 5
Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz launch electric cars: 'anything Tesla can do, we can do better'
GAS SHORTAGE: Many gas stations have no fuel, drivers say
'Survivor' Season 35 Player Profile: Meet Jessica Johnston
Jury selection begins in Lac-Mégantic train derailment trial
Winds and heavy rain from Irma move across the northern half of Florida's peninsula
Here's What's Happening in TV This Week
Angelina Jolie brings her kids (and her flowy pants) to Toronto Film Festival
New phones, Apple Watches, and more: What to expect at Apple's iPhone 10th-anniversary event - Quartz
Equifax Hack Proves Strong Passwords Aren't Enough
Bannon: Trump firing of Comey was the 'biggest mistake in modern political history' - Washington Post
Hurricane downgraded as it climbs through the center of Florida and into Georgia
'Outlander' Cast, Producers Break Down That Shockingly Emotional Premiere Death
'Five Foot Two' explores Lady Gaga's vulnerable side
Amazon's two-day shipping is more like 13, thanks to Hurricane Irma
HILLARY ‘GOBSMACKED’ Talks on book launch eve about ‘painful’ election loss
Here Are All The Records Irma Has Broken So Far
Toronto: Can Netflix Doc 'Gaga: Five Foot Two' Go Where 'Madonna: Truth or Dare' Did Not?
The top iPhone 8 rumors, ranked from most to least plausible - The Verge
Privacy Policy
How to find a celebrity at the Toronto International Film Festival
'We've got them on the ropes!' Why EU will NEVER get its £90bn Brexit divorce bill
North Korea's Kim Jong-un hosts huge celebration after nuclear test
Egypt announces discovery of 3,500-year-old tomb in Luxor
WORLD WAR 3: Angela Merkel offers to fix North Korea crisis amid nuclear missile threat
Irma upgraded to powerful Category 4 storm as it pounds the Florida Keys, and the rest of the state awaits the worst
Facebook tests Tinder-like ‘meet up’ feature
Should dating apps have HIV filters?
Most stations in Miami-Fort Lauderdale out of gas
Bride Always Dreamed About Making Fiancé’s Friends Sweat Asses Off In Fucking Sun
Emergency operations in Florida Keys relocating
'Game of Thrones' Guide: The Definitive Resource for Season 7
Why Virtual Reality Is Getting More Important at the Emmys
Reporter in Cuba: This is tragic
See the difference between Irma and Andrew
Survival Comedy Series Produced by Matt Damon Ordered at Netflix
Football Is A Thriving Business, But For How Long?
Hillary Clinton Adds 'Daily Show' to New Press Tour
'Big Brother 19': Fifth Juror Reveals How Eviction Will Impact His Finale Vote
Operation Sanctuary: Woman jailed for trafficking girls
Nato chief: world is at its most dangerous point in a generation
Floridians flee: Exodus could be one of largest in US history
New York Today: New York Today: Rafael Nadal’s New York
The hurricane, now with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph, leaves catastrophic damage on islands
Universal Kids Acquires Bear Grylls Series Ahead of Relaunch (Exclusive)
Mexican authorities report an 8.4 earthquake off southern coast, raising tsunami fears - Los Angeles Times
Alleged Russian political meddling documented in 27 countries since 2004
Hillary Clinton Sets 'Late Show With Stephen Colbert' Return
USA TODAY Sports: Week 1 NFL picks
Senator: Trump Jr. interview not easing concerns over Russia
Photos: Hurricane Irma tears through Caribbean
Amazon to add second headquarters with up to 50,000 jobs
Nancy Pelosi Says Trump Promised Her He’d Sign The Dream Act
Hurricane watches have been issued for parts of Florida as governor warns all of state's residents to prepare
Facebook finds Russian ads that sought to sow division during U.S. election
Economic Adviser Appears To Have Fallen Out Of Trump’s Favor
The 'extremely dangerous' storm is swirling over Puerto Rico as it makes its way toward a possible Florida hit
Brexit: Businesses warn over 'UK workers first' proposal
Hurricane Irma, Packing 185-M.P.H. Winds, Makes Landfall in Caribbean
'Game of Thrones': The 15 Best Quotes From Season 7
Hillary Clinton Wasn’t The Only Democrat Whose Campaign Got Hacked In 2016
Hurricane Irma is packing 185 mph winds, making it one of the most powerful Atlantic storms ever recorded
Late-Night Hosts Blast Trump on DACA Decision
South Korea's Moon discusses "unpredictable" North Korea situation with Putin - Reuters
Track the storm
Jimmy Fallon Unveils $1 Million Donation to J.J. Watt's Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
Putin: Military hysteria over N. Korea may lead to planetary catastrophe, heavy loss of life
'Game of Thrones': The Final Images From Westeros, for Now
North Korea nuclear crisis: Kim Jong-un 'begging for war'
Seoul steps up military response to North Korea's nuclear test
Will North Korea's hydrogen bomb test force China to rethink its policy?
The Houston Texans Are Donating $1 Million To Harvey Disaster Relief
Read the letter Obama left for Trump
What happens if Kim attacks? 5 things to know
Close