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Flurry of UK Govt speeches to detail Brexit 'road map'

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and senior Cabinet ministers will set out "Britain's road map to Brexit" in a series of keynote speeches over the coming weeks, said today.

The addresses will culminate in a speech by May outlining the government's ambitions for a future partnership with the after the country's departure from the bloc in March, 2019.

"is a defining moment in the history of our nation," a source said.

"We will be forging an ambitious new partnership with and charting our own way in the world to become a truly global, free trading nation.

"As we move along the road to that future, we will set out more detail so people can see how this new relationship will benefit communities in every part of our country."

The series will begin next week when makes "a rallying cry to those on both sides of the debate," according to

May will then detail hoped-for new security arrangements with the EU at the Munich Security Conference yesterday.

A further three speeches are planned for the next two weeks before she makes a second address.

Secretary will discuss business standards, will talk about devolution, while will detail future global trade deal strategy, No. 10 said.

Downing Street also confirmed May and top Cabinet ministers will hold an "away day" committee meeting at Chequers, British leaders' rural country residence.

There they will bid to thrash out substantial differences over the future relationship with

Philip Hammond, seen as a Brexit sceptic, is not slated to deliver one of the touted speeches.

denied today there was a "plot to gag a particular faction of ministers."

"I don't think that's a fair characterisation at all," he told

Meanwhile, after Japanese business leaders who met May in Downing Street this week expressed concern about the Brexit's potential impact, Penny Mordaunt said the coming weeks would give them "some answers".

"We've got to give business, but other organisations as well, a flavour of what they need to plan for and some certainty," she said.

Despite a warning on Friday from EU Michel Barnier that a post-Brexit transition period was being endangered by substantial ongoing disagreements, Mordaunt predicted "common sense will prevail".

"The other nations involved in this are very pragmatic and have not been impressed with some of the language that the Commission has used," she added.

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First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 19:55 IST