FLORENCE, Italy, Sept 22 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May is setting out her plan for future ties with the European Union in a speech which she hopes will help spur negotiations over the country's divorce from the bloc.
Below are the highlights from her speech:
MAY ON OPTIMISM
"We are moving through a new and critical period in the history of the United Kingdom's relationship with the European Union. The British people have decided to leave the EU and be a global free-trading nation able to chart our own way in the world.
"For many, this is an exciting time full of promise. For others it is a worrying one. I look ahead with optimism." (Reporting by David Milliken and William Schomberg in LONDON; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)