Prime Minister Theresa May has told colleagues at the first meeting of Cabinet after the summer break:

Brexit means Brexit [and] we’re going to make a success of it.

Speaking at Chequers, the PM confirmed there would be no second referendum on Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, writes Henry Mance.

Here are some extracts from the Prime Minister’s statement, which was delivered at the start of this morning’s Cabinet meeting (highlights our own).

On Brexit:

We must continue to be very clear that “Brexit means Brexit”, that we’re going to make a success of it. That means there’s no second referendum; no attempts to sort of stay in the EU by the back door; that we’re actually going to deliver on this.

On social reform:

We want to be a government and a country that works for everyone, and we’ll be talking about some of the steps that we need to take in order to build that society that works for everyone. And I want it to be a society where it’s the talent that you have and how hard you’re prepared to work that determines how you get on, rather than your background.

On the economy:

We’ll be looking at how we can work to increase productivity – that’s one of the key issues that we want to address. But also how we can get tough on irresponsible behaviour in big business – again making sure that actually everyone is able to share in the country’s prosperity.

On the challenges ahead:

We have the opportunity to forge a new positive role for the UK in the world; to make sure that we are that government and country that works for everyone – that everyone can share in the country’s prosperity. So there are challenges ahead but it’s an important and significant moment for us and I think we have real opportunities to develop the United Kingdom and ensure that it does work for everyone in the UK.

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