Theresa May’s Brexit speech prompts initial positive reactions from City partners

January 20, 2017 Following Theresa May’s speech regarding next steps on the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, many City partners have reacted with cautious optimism. May discussed 12 specific priorities that the UK will seek to accomplish.

Matt Bland, a corporate partner at Linklaters, said that the Prime Minister’s speech was helpful, but noted that additional details will be expected in the coming weeks. Gavin Williams, a corporate partner at Herbert Smith Freehills, said the government acknowledges the complexity involved in the negotiations, while Debevoise & Plimpton London co-managing partner Lord Peter Goldsmith said the upcoming negotiations will determine many of the details currently in question.

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