Britain needs to be prepared for some “difficult times” ahead as it leaves the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May has said.
Speaking to the Andrew Marr Show – in her firstmajor interview since taking office Mrs May warned Brexit would not be “plain sailing” for the UK.
She said formal EU talks will not begin until 2017, but vowed the process would not be “kicked into the long grass”.
Mrs May also ruled out a snap election, saying the UK needs “stability”.
The prime minister said she wanted
“an independent Britain, forging our own way in the world”.
The former home secretary became prime minister after David Cameron resigned in the wake of the EU referendum with the Brexit process likely to dominate the first years of her premiership.