THERESA May will today hold her weekly Cabinet meeting in Gateshead in a bid to sell her soft Brexit plans to northern England.
The PM will then talk to workers at local businesses – promising to deliver a Brexit deal that “works for every corner of the UK”.
To mark her first Cabinet meeting in the North East she will confirm a £780 million investment in the East Coast Main Line to boost the number of seats and shorten journeys between Doncaster, Leeds and Newcastle.
Last night the PM said: “Making Britain a country that works for everyone, in urban and rural regions, is a priority for my Government – and a thriving economy across the Northern Powerhouse is central to that.
“We have set out major policies and investments as part of our Modern Industrial Strategy to unlock the potential in the North – and more than any government in history, we are making sure that we are delivering the outcomes that really matter to people who live and work here.”
Mrs May has also ordered her Cabinet ministers to use the summer break to go on a European charm offensive to sell her Chequers Brexit plans.
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This week Mrs May will meet the leaders of Austria, Estonia and the Czech Republic.
Her deputy David Lidington will travel to France, while Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt will fly to Berlin today to meet his counterpart for the first time since replacing Boris Johnson.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid will go to Spain and Business Secretary Greg Clark will visit Italy.