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UK PM's speech evolution points to softer Brexit

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>> We meet tonight in world transformed.>> British Prime Minister, Theresa May addressed the Lord Mayor's banquet last night and said change was in the air. She used the same precise language she has been since she was appointed PM in July. But looking closely at her speeches, we have seen there has been some evolution of her language.
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I'm Elizabeth Piper, I'm Reuters' chief political correspondent in West Minster. Theresa May addressed business leaders last night to appeal to them to help her make the economy work for everyone after Brexit showed that people were disillusioned with globalization in the liberal elites. She said that business must give more back to society, and I think the reception was positive.
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Since being appointed PM in July, Theresa May spent the first month appealing to EU leaders asking for time to just take on in a new brief. She needed to set up new departments, she needed to formulate in a go-setting stance for some of the most complicated negotiations Britain has ever undertook.
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>> We will forge a bold, new, positive role for ourselves in the world.>> Since then, her speeches on Brexit have become more sophisticated. Instead of appealing for time or help, she's been looking at what kind of deal she can get. Earlier, she used to say that she wanted to best deal for business.
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Now, her vocabulary has changed. She started using a new phrase, that she wants British companies to be able to trade with, and operate within the European Union's single markets. For many commentators, and for Reuters as well, this is a change of tone. She is becoming more specific.>> That's the best possible deal for trading with and operating within the single European market.
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>> Talking to sources in Whitehall it's clear that Theresa May has yet to come up with the exact deal she wants to win after the two year negotiation period is over with the European Union. It is clear that she is ruling nothing out and she is not heading for the hard Brexit that some people expect that she is.