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Britain's May to set out Brexit vision in Florence amid protests
From:Xinhua  |  2017-09-22 21:12

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British Prime Minister Theresa May (Xinhua file photo)

FLORENCE, Italy, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- British Prime Minister Theresa May arrived in the central Italian city of Florence amid protests from local residents and British citizens in the area as she prepares to set out her vision for Brexit, her country's departure from the European Union.

May is expected to lobby the European Union for good terms on the deal, covering a wide array of topics including terms for trade between Britain and countries that remain in the European Union, the rights of EU citizens to work and travel in Britain, as well as tax issues.

Before arriving in Italy, May said repeatedly she would rather have no deal than a bad one. But some within the European Union have said the bloc should make things as difficult as possible for Britain, at least in part to create a disincentive for other countries to take similar steps.

The route of May's arrival from the Florence airport featured a smattering of protests, several with signs protesting the impact that Brexit will have on the EU and blasting May for continuing to push through a Brexit deal pollsters say is now opposed by a majority of British residents.

Many protestors carried the blue-and-yellow flag of the European Union on streets of Florence, the Italian capital of culture.