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May Pledges Activist Government as Britain Adjusts to Brexit

  • Closing speech to conference focuses on ‘ordinary people’
  • Prime minister pledges to go after tax dodgers, rogue bosses
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Theresa May: I'll Give the Brexit Change People Voted for

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U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May broke with her predecessor David Cameron to make the case for an activist government while attacking “elites” and business leaders who fail to pay their taxes and look after their staff.

While Cameron said government should “get out of the way,” May said on Wednesday it has a role in improving people’s lives and supporting business as she charted a course for Britain after its vote to leave the European Union. Support for financial services has been too dominant in the past, and it’s not the only industry that needs government help, she said.