Transcript: Andrea Leadsom's speech on the UK's future after Brexit

Posted On: 
7th July 2016

Read the full text of Andrea Leadsom's speech this morning setting out her vision for the UK outside the EU.

I would like to begin by just taking a moment to remember all those who died in the 7/7 bombings 11 years ago today.

Above all things our thoughts and prayers are with their families on this day. We should never forget how precious our democracy is. Over in the House of Commons I and my colleagues are about to exercise that democratic right to make an incredibly important decision. We will be selecting two MPs to go forward to the country so that many of you can decide who is going to be the next leader of our party and of our country.

That person will face enormous challenges and today I want to tell you why I want to lead the party and why I want to lead this great country of ours. You see, I’m an optimist, I truly be...