Number 10 lobby briefing on Brexit and defence spending

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1st March 2018

Here is a summary of this morning's briefing for lobby journalists by the Prime Minister's official spokesman.

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At a special meeting of the Cabinet to discuss the speech Theresa May will make on Brexit tomorrow, the Prime Minister said her objective was to "secure an ambitious economic partnership with the EU which is in the interests of both the UK and the European Union".

The spokesman said: "The Prime Minister invited every member of the Cabinet to give their views on the speech ahead of the text being finalised delivered tomorrow. Cabinet ministers held a detailed and positive discussion agreeing that the speech would represent a real step forward in the negotiations."

Asked repeatedly whether ministers had suggested changes to the speech, the spokesman said: "The point of today's Cabinet was for a ...