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May keeps Europe guessing on Brexit

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>> Britain's Theresa May has kept her cards close to her chest as she formulates her Brexit plan but her strategy is becoming clearer. I'm Elizabeth Piper, I'm chief political correspondent for Reuters. Theresa May has very much kept her cards to her chest. She said one thing though, that immigration is a red line.
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She wants to make sure that those people who voted to Brexit will get those migrants under control. She's also said though that she wants good trade deals. How that works in practice when EU officials have been very clear that if you want free trade, you have to have free movement of people is still to be found out.
00:00:39
She still hasn't told us when she's going to trigger Article 50, and that's the procedure that starts the divorce. Then she has two years to actually negotiate the deal. Until we know that, people in the EU will be still concerned that this uncertainty is making investment in both the EU and Britain a little bit uncomfortable.
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To appease many people in her party, Theresa May had to appoint three cabinet ministers that would basically look after the Brexit portfolio. They are strongly in favor of leaving the EU. David Davis, who heads up the Brexit Ministry, Liam Fox in Trade, and Boris Johnson as the Foreign Affairs Minister.
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They are not the easiest people to control. They have very, very definite ideas of what they want to see when Britain leaves the European Union. But Theresa May has been firm in her approach to them, making sure that they don't put a foot out of line. I think there are many ministers in the EU who don't want to give Britain an easy ride.
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Britain voted to leave them and now they don't want to show the world that if you leave, you can still get access to the single market without having to give anything in return. Until Britain triggers Article 50, we are not going to see much of a game plan from Britain, from Theresa May and her cabinet.
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They going to keep things very very quiet because they don't want to give the game away to the EU.