LONDON — The Brexit talks are in the “darkness before the dawn” but Theresa May will prevail, said Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss.
Speaking at POLITICO’s first Women Rule event in London, the Cabinet minister insisted May, who she described as “iron-willed” and “indefatigable,” had the backing of her Cabinet.
Truss, who campaigned for the U.K. to remain in the European Union, said Tuesday’s cabinet meeting ahead of a crucial European Union summit on Wednesday had been “very positive.”
Ministers were “very much behind the prime minister and her negotiating strategy,” Truss added.
“There is darkness before the dawn and that is where we are. We are getting through those negotiations and in fact a huge amount of progress is being made,” she added.
Truss, who was one of eight Cabinet ministers who met for pizza on Monday ahead of the cabinet meeting, played down the gathering, which has been presented in some reports as a plot against the prime minister.
“Politics is a people business and I think it is right that I spend time talking to my colleagues and discussing ideas, it is perfectly proper for Cabinet ministers to meet each other,” she insisted.