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Prime Minister Theresa May says Brexit plan will deliver 'brighter future for all' on Northern Ireland visit

Prime Minister Theresa May during her speech at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast. Photo credit: Charles McQuillan/PA Wire
Prime Minister Theresa May during her speech at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast. Photo credit: Charles McQuillan/PA Wire
Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster listens as Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a keynote speech on Brexit at Waterfront Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on July 20, 2018. With a trip to Northern Ireland this week, May began a tour of Britain to convince voters to back her blueprint for close economic ties with the bloc after Brexit next March. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Charles McQuillanCHARLES MCQUILLAN/AFP/Getty Images
Prime Minister Theresa May during her speech at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast where she urged the European Union to "evolve" its position on Brexit and not fall back on "unworkable" ideas. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 20, 2018. See PA story POLITICS Brexit. Photo credit should read: Charles McQuillan/PA Wire
Prime Minister Theresa May during her speech at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast where she urged the European Union to "evolve" its position on Brexit and not fall back on "unworkable" ideas. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 20, 2018. See PA story POLITICS Brexit. Photo credit should read: Charles McQuillan/PA Wire
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 20: Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (C) talks with people from the Belfast Youth Forum during her visit to the Crescent Arts Centre on July 20, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. With a trip to Northern Ireland this week, May began a tour of Britain to convince voters to back her blueprint for close economic ties with the bloc after Brexit next March. (Photo by Paul Faith - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 20: Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (C) talks with people from the Belfast Youth Forum during her visit to the Crescent Arts Centre on July 20, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. With a trip to Northern Ireland this week, May began a tour of Britain to convince voters to back her blueprint for close economic ties with the bloc after Brexit next March. (Photo by Paul Faith - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 20: Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (3L) talks with people from the Belfast Youth Forum during her visit to the Crescent Arts Centre on July 20, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. With a trip to Northern Ireland this week, May began a tour of Britain to convince voters to back her blueprint for close economic ties with the bloc after Brexit next March. (Photo by Paul Faith - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prime Minister Theresa May arrives at the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast. Credit: PA.
Protestors call for the Irish language to be recognised outside the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland, ahead of the arrival of Prime Minister Theresa May. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 20, 2018. See PA story POLITICS Brexit. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Protesters voice their concerns about gay marriage and the Irish border outside the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast. Pic: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Mrs May speaks to workers at the factory
Mrs May speaks to workers at the factory
Prime Minister Theresa May (left) and Arlene Foster, the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). Pic: Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA Wire
Prime Minister Theresa May and DUP leader Arlene Foster visit Belleek Pottery in Co Fermanagh yesterday
Mrs May is greeted by Mrs Foster after her arrival
Prime Minister Theresa May arrives for a visit to the Belleek pottery factory
A man holds a sign saying ‘customs stop’ written in both English and Irish as Theresa May leaves
Gareth Cross

By Gareth Cross

Prime Minister Theresa May told a Belfast audience it was "now for the EU to respond" to her Government's Brexit white paper which she claimed will deliver a "brighter future" for all of the UK.

The Prime Minister was speaking at Belfast's Waterfront Hall on day two of her visit to Northern Ireland.

Mrs May said the white paper set out a "principled and practical" Brexit.

She said the white paper represented a "significant development" of the UK's position.

"It is now for the EU to respond, not simply to fall back on previous positions that have already been proven unworkable, but to evolve their position in kind," she added.

"I firmly believe that we can complete what we have started."

The Prime Minister also reiterated her commitment that there would be no hard border in Ireland.

"In the Northern Ireland of today, where a seamless border enables unprecedented levels of trade and co-operation North and South, any form of infrastructure at the border is an alien concept," she said.

"The seamless border is a foundation stone on which the Belfast Agreement rests, allowing for the just and equal treatment for the identity, ethos and aspirations of both communities.

"Anything that undermines that is a breach of the spirit of the Belfast Agreement - an agreement that we have committed to protect in all its parts and the EU says it will respect."

How her keynote address unfolded:

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