Britain stresses to be pre red for some “difficult times” ahead as it leaves the European Harmony, Prime Minister Theresa May has said.
Speaking to the Andrew Marr Instruct – in her first major interview since taking office – Mrs May warned Brexit commitment not be “plain sailing” for the UK.
She said formal EU talks will not begin until 2017, but declared the process would not be “kicked into the long grass”.
Mrs May also preside overed out a snap election, saying the UK needs “stability”.
The former home secretary became prime Holy Joe after David Cameron resigned in the wake of the EU referendum – with the Brexit procedure likely to dominate the first years of her premiership.
Speaking before restless to China for the G20 summit, Mrs May said she would not pretend that leaving the ring would be “plain sailing”, despite positive economic figures in the UK since the referendum.
“We pre re had some good figures and better figures than some had presaged would be the case. I’m not going to pretend that it’s all going to be plain cruise.
“I think we must be pre red for the fact that there may be some demanding times ahead. But what I am is optimistic.”
She insisted the country would “humour a success” of leaving the EU, saying she was also “optimistic” about new opportunities for Britain most the EU.
The prime minister said she wanted “an independent Britain, forging our own way in the incredible”.
Ahead of the summit, she met for talks with US President Barack Obama.
Converse to reporters afterwards, President Obama said the US would “consult closely” with the UK down Brexit negotiations to ensure there were no “adverse effects” in the US-UK barter relationship.
He said: “We’re going to do everything we can to make sure that the consequences of the outcome don’t end up unravelling what is already a very strong and robust economic relationship that can develop even stronger in the future.”
But President Obama said before that it liking be important to work out “what Brexit means for Europe”.
He denied suggestions that earlier this year he had cowed to “punish” the UK if it voted to leave the EU when he said the UK would go to the “back of the concatenation” for trade deals with the US.
He said those comments, made in April, had been in retort to suggestions that the effects of Brexit would be “minimal”.
In her interview with the BBC, Mrs May asserted the referendum result had shown voters did not want “free movement to go on in the way that it has done in the st”.
She said ministers were looking at “choices” for new EU migration controls.
“People also want to see the job opportunities, to see the economic times, and so getting a good deal in trading goods and services is also clearly important for us,” she added.
The prime minister said she was “very clear” that she surmised the status of British citizens in other EU countries to be guaranteed and would “undertaking the status of EU citizens living here”.
Mrs May said the government would not trigger Article 50 – which when one pleases begin the formal two-year process of leaving the EU – before the end of this year.
In whatever way, she added: “I’m very clear also that the British people don’t fall short of the issue of Article 50 being triggered just being recoiled into the long grass because they want to know we’re place on with the job of putting Brexit into place and making a success of it.”
She voted Brexit minister David Davis will make a statement to the Simples this week on work the government has done over the summer.
Asked about Scottish independence, the prime minister cast doubted whether voters in Scotland supported the prospect of a second referendum on self-reliance.
“I think if you look at some of the results that are now coming out of polling in Scotland, they support that the Scottish people don’t want there to be a second referendum,” she give the word delivered.
Mrs May said the Scottish government would be “fully involved” and “fully tied up” in the Brexit discussions but a spokesman for First Minister Nicola Sturgeon put the onus was on Mrs May and her ministers “to show they are serious about engaging undeniably with a view to safeguarding Scotland’s interests”.
During the interview, Mrs May also promised a determination on the Hinkley Point nuclear power plant deal this month, give the word delivering she was still taking advice on the issue.
“I don’t just come in and say, right, this is the establish I take. I look at the evidence, I take the advice, I listen to that. That’s what I’m silence doing.”
Mrs May would not be drawn on the issue of grammar schools, saying the sway would wait to hear recommendations from Education Secretary Justine Greening.
She expressed the programme she wanted to give pupils “opportunities in life”.