WATCH: Theresa May says UK must come together after Brexit in Easter message

Posted On: 
16th April 2017

Theresa May has used her Easter message to urge the country to come together behind Brexit. 

Theresa May delivering her Easter message
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10 Downing Street Youtube channel

The Prime Minister said the UK’s shared values of “compassion, community, citizenship… can – and must – bring us together”.

She highlighted the importance of care workers at home and aid workers abroad for the “difference they make in our society and around the world”.

In his Easter message, Jeremy Corbyn singled out people running food banks and those who “look after the sick, the elderly and our young people” for praise.

Mrs May called on Christians to be “confident” about the role of their faith in society.

“We must continue to ensure that people feel able to speak about their faith, and that absolutely includes their faith in Christ,” she added.

“We must be mindful of Christians and religious minorities around the world who do not enjoy these same freedoms, but who practise their religion in secret and often in fear.”

People were beginning to “unite behind the opportunities” of Brexit, the Tory leader said, as she highlighted her own religious upbringing to call for people to come together.

“As we face the opportunities ahead of us – the opportunities that stem from our decision to leave the European Union and embrace the world – our shared interests, our shared ambitions, and above all our shared values can – and must – bring us together.

“This Easter I think of those values that we share – values that I learnt in my own childhood, growing up in a vicarage…

“This Easter, whatever our faith, let us come together as a nation confident in our values and united in our commitment to fulfil the obligations that we have to one another.

“Let us work together to build that brighter future we want for our country. And let us together build a stronger, fairer Britain that truly does work for everyone.”

Mr Corbyn urged people not to become “divided and blame others” in the face of challenges which can appear “overwhelming”.

“We need to respond to these problems head on, through action and support for social justice, peace and reconciliation. 

"Those principles are at the heart of Christianity. And Christians throughout the world will this weekend be remembering Jesus’s example of love and sacrifice, and the Easter message of redemption and peace.

"At a time of growing conflict, that message of peace could not have more urgency throughout the world.”

Watch Mrs May's message in full here: 

 

 

Read Mr Corbyn's message in full below: 

"I would like to wish everyone a happy Easter this weekend.

"As millions mark Easter around the world, it’s a time to reflect on the challenges we face both at home and internationally – and what our response should be.

"We hear painful stories every day, of homelessness, poverty or crisis in our health service – or across the world, of the devastating consequences of war and conflict, including millions forced to become refugees.

"It would be easy to retreat into our private lives because the challenges seem overwhelming, or allow ourselves to be divided and blame others.

"But we need to respond to these problems head on, through action and support for social justice, peace and reconciliation. 

"Those principles are at the heart of Christianity. And Christians throughout the world will this weekend be remembering Jesus’s example of love and sacrifice, and the Easter message of redemption and peace.

"At a time of growing conflict, that message of peace could not have more urgency throughout the world.

"I meet Christians, and others of all faiths and none on a daily basis, who share and live those ideals: people who give their time for others, to run food banks, protect the vulnerable, look after the sick, the elderly and our young people.

"That spirit of respect for each other, peace and equality is one we can all share. So to all Christians and those of all faiths and none, have a happy and peaceful Easter."