The UK is leaving the EU, but we are not leaving Europe. And we are not turning our backs on our friends and allies. While we have not yet formally started the exit negotiations, here at the Summit, I've been cleared that my aim is to cement Britain as a close partner of the EU once we have left.
I recognized the scale of challenge ahead, I'm sure there will be difficult moments it will requires some give and take. But I'm optimistic that we can achieve the deal that is right for the UK, because I actually think the deal that's right for the UK will also be right for the European Union.