Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

PM Promises a Bright Future for the North East

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

PM Promises a Bright Future for the North East

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Byline: JONATHAN WALKER Political Editor jon.walker@trinitymirror.com @jonwalker121

BRITAIN will be a "different" country after Brexit, Theresa May said on a visit to Tyneside.

But she inisted the North East would not be "left behind", as she visited Heddon-on-the-Wall, during a whistle-stop tour of the UK.

The Prime Minister called on the British people to "come together" to seize the "great opportunities" she expects as a result of EU withdrawal, with a year to go until Brexit on March 29, 2019.

She met families in Heddon-on-the -Wall, near Hexham, as she visited a parent and toddler group at St Andrew's Church of England First School.

Mrs May said: "I've been in Hexham today to listen to what matters to families here on Brexit and beyond. In a year's time we'll be leaving the EU and it's important we lay the ground over the coming months for a future where these children, and children across the UK, can flourish and reach their full potential.

"The North East is already home to great schools, renowned universities, and thriving research, manufacturing and cultural sectors. It's my mission to make sure that this continues and develops, and that no community is left behind as we plan both our domestic agenda and our Brexit strategy.

"That's why my government has been working closely with Northern businesses and stakeholders to boost growth and ensure their interests are truly represented in the Brexit negotiations."

In an apparent bid to illustrate the Government's commitment to the region, Ministers announced funding of almost PS15million to help North East businesses and universities.

The Connecting Capability Fund will support a partnership between Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria and Sunderland universities, allowing them to promote tech and industrial sectors across the region.

Another funding stream will allow York, Hull and Teesside universities to collaborate more closely. Mrs May said additional money will be available to spend on priorities like the NHS and schools once Britain is no longer sending "vast sums" annually to Brussels. …

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