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May Calls for Unity in 2017 as Divided U.K. Prepares for Brexit

  • Premier Says ‘opportunities are greater than ever’ in new year
  • Britain plans to trigger EU divorce talks by end of March
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Prime Minister Theresa May said opportunities for the U.K. are “greater than ever” and called for the country to unite in 2017 as she prepares to formally trigger two years of talks to withdraw Britain from the European Union.

In a New Year’s message, the premier said she’ll bear in mind the interests of both the 52 percent of voters who backed Brexit and the 48 percent who opposed it when she negotiates a deal with her 27 EU counterparts. May quoted murdered opposition Labour Party lawmaker Jo Cox, who said: “We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us.”