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What May will say

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With a day to go before Theresa May delivers her keynote speech on Brexit in Florence, Bloomberg’s Tim Ross has the inside line on how the writing process is going.
Tim reported overnight that the prime minister is weighing whether to accept for the first time the need to discuss the European Union’s demand for a “Brexit bill” totaling tens of billions of pounds. Doing so would be a move designed to kick-start the divorce negotiations.
May will meet with her Cabinet on Thursday and she’s already signaling publicly she will use her address to try to bypass EU negotiator Michel Barnier and appeal directly to the leaders of the 27 other EU governments. She’s still hoping they will be willing to sanction trade talks as soon as next month.
“What I will be doing on Friday is setting out an update on where we are and looking ahead in the negotiations,” May told reporters on her trip to the United Nations. “The Council has given a mandate to the Commission, which has appointed Michel Barnier, bu…