"We want to be your strongest friend and partner as the EU and UK thrive side by side."

British Prime Minister Theresa May said this while delivering her Brexit speech.

The British citizens made a choice to leave the European Union - but the country will not be "leaving Europe," said the prime minster.

The speech, in Florence, Italy, is a bid to break the deadlock in Brexit negotiations, which are due to resume on Monday.

It is understood she will back a two-year transition after March 2019 while a permanent trade deal is worked out.

It could include payments worth 20bn euros (about £18bn) over the two years.

In her speech in Florence, Italy, Mrs May is expected to make what has been described as an "open and generous" offer, potentially worth 20bn euros over the two years - which could plug a black hole in the current EU budget to 2020, created by the UK's departure.

She is expected to say, if the UK and EU can be "imaginative and creative" about establishing a new relationship, both sides can be "optimistic about the future".

Mrs May will argue that it is "in all of our interests for our negotiations to succeed… so I believe we share a profound sense of responsibility to make this change work smoothly and sensibly, not just for people today but for the next generation who will inherit the world we leave them".

The 20bn euro offer is meant to ensure no EU countries are left out of pocket by Britain's departure.


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