Mrs May warned MPs against their opposition to Article 50
Despite being a Remainer, the Prime Minister vowed to represent the voices of the 17 million people who voted to leave the European Union last summer.
Having already pledged to trigger Article 50 negotiates by the end of March, the former Home Secretary has been frantically pushing ahead with plans to begin the process of quitting the Brussels bloc as soon as possible.
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Parliament are due to vote on the second reading of the act this week – sparking huge debates as several high profile MPs have vowed to vote against the bill.
But Theresa May warned against their opposition – claiming they would face the wrath of the public if proposals to trigger Article 50 did not go ahead.
Theresa May and Enda Kenny discussed Brexit at their meeting today
Enda Kenny backed Mrs May's goal of securing a "friction-free" trading relationship
She said: “The debate on Article 50 will start tomorrow with the second reading and my message is very clear
“The people of the United Kingdom voted on the 23rd June last year – they voted in a referendum that was given to them by parliament by six to one.
“And the people spoke in that vote. The majority voted for us to leave the EU.
“I think it is now the job of the Government to put that into practice.
“And I hope when people come and look at the Article 50 bill they will recognise it is a simple decision – do they support the will of the British people or not.”
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The Prime Minister vowed to represent the voices of the 17 million people who voted to leave
Her comments came during a press conference in Ireland with Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who claimed that although the two countries’ paths “may be divergent in terms of the european union, our common interests remain and we are fully committed to working together”.
During the conference, he also backed Mrs May's goal of securing a "friction-free" trading relationship with the European Union after Brexit.
He said: "Our two governments are agreed that a close and friction-free economic and trading relationship between the Untied Kingdom and the European Union, including Ireland, is in our very best interests.
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Continued cooperation with the EU to tackle terrorism and international crime.
"And as the UK prepares for its formal notification under Article 50, we want to see that these deep trading ties between our two countries are recognised and facilitated.
"That will continue to be an absolute priority for my government, not just in our discussions with the British Government, but also with our EU partners as we prepare for the negotiation process on the EU side of the table."
Both Mr Kenny and Mrs May insisted they do not want to see a return to the "border of the past" between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Mrs May's comments came during a press conference in Ireland with Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Theresa May and Enda Kenny vowed there would not be a return to a hard border
The Conservative leader said: “We will stay reliable partners, willing allies and close friends when we have so many values and interests in common.
“I know that for the people in Ireland and in Northern Ireland the ability to move freely across the border is an essential part of daily life.
“This is why we have both been clear there will be no return to the borders of the past.”
And she added: “It remains overwhelming and compelling in the UK’s national interest that the EU with Ireland in it should succeed and prosper.”
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