Theresa May writes in seven European papers to stress hopes of new EU relationship

 
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Prime Minister Theresa May has reached out directly to the citizens of seven European nations, writing in newspapers across the continent of her hopes for a continued relationship with the EU.

Columns from May appeared in newspapers from Ireland to Poland, with each seeking to provide specific comments on local concerns.

Writing in French newspaper Le Parisien, the Prime Minister said: "We will continue to be strong partners and allies of France and all our friends on the continent."

While in Germany, the Prime Minister committed to continuing to work with European partners on key foreign affairs issues like the Syrian crisis and the integrity of Ukraine.

A spokesman for Downing Street said the Prime Minister was "communicating the wish that we have a deep and special relationship going forward".

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It came after May called a raft of European leaders personally in the aftermath of yesterday's Article 50 declaration.

May spoke to Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny, EU parliament president Alessandro Tajani, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, French President Francois Hollande, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo.

Despite questions emerging over May's decision to link European security collaboration with a new trade deal, Downing Street maintained that broader message had been welcomed by EU leaders.

"The feedback we have had is that the tone of the letter was appreciated and considered to be constructive," a spokesman for May said.

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