The prime minister’s speech in Florence setting out her vision for Brexit is the latest in a line of governmental visions for a new Anglo-European relationship

Theresa May, in travelling to Florence to deliver her speech setting out her vision of a new Anglo-European relationship, is treading a path that many prime ministers have felt compelled to travel.

A clutch of grand European venues – the College of Europe in Bruges, the University of Leiden, the Royal Castle in Warsaw, the University of Zurich, and even the European parliament – have played host to a British premier determined to deliver a landmark speech explaining how Europe must adapt to reach an enduring settlement with the UK.

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