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UK leader May, Cabinet to chart EU exit at Chequers retreat

Associated Press Associated Press 28/08/2016
FILE- In this Wednesday, July 20, 2016 Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing street for Prime Ministers Questions at the House of Parliament in London. Officials at May's Downing Street office say May is bringing her Cabinet together at her rural retreat, next Wednesday Aug. 31, 2016, to plot Britain's first steps on leaving the European Union. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) © The Associated Press FILE- In this Wednesday, July 20, 2016 Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing street for Prime Ministers Questions at the House of Parliament in London. Officials at May's Downing Street office say May is bringing her Cabinet together at her rural retreat, next Wednesday Aug. 31, 2016, to plot Britain's first steps on leaving the European Union. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May is bringing her Cabinet together at her rural retreat to plot Britain's first steps on leaving the European Union.

Officials at May's Downing Street office say May will oversee a daylong brainstorming session with Cabinet colleagues Wednesday at Chequers, the prime minister's 16th-century mansion 40 miles (65 kilometers) northwest of London.

May, a Eurosceptic who remained neutral during June's referendum on leaving the EU, was appointed prime minister last month following David Cameron's resignation as Conservative Party leader. Cameron had campaigned to keep Britain in the 28-nation bloc. May says her government will abide by the results of the vote and intends to open exit negotiations with EU colleagues next year.

May has returned to London after a two-week walking holiday in the Swiss Alps.

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