British Prime Minister Theresa May
It, let's get on with: A key part of the May language, to be repeated until fluent. ‘But before we get on with it, it’s incumbent on all of us to make some tough choices.
‘And those choices will not only be tough, but also hard.
‘So before we get round the negotiating table, we must say to ourselves, “These choices, tough and hard though they may be, must not prevent us from getting on with it.”
‘But before we get on with it, we must do our level best to face the hard facts and be sure what “it” is. Because then — and only then — will be able to get on with it.’
Kind of country we want to be: ‘The kind of country we want to be is a modern, open, outward-looking, tolerant, European democracy. In fact, just like the one we have at the moment. And that’s why it’s so vitally important to accept change with open arms, because without change we won’t stay the same.’
Know, I: What do you know, Theresa? ‘I know you’re working around the clock, I know you’re doing your best. And I know that sometimes life can be a struggle.’
Life: Life after Brexit is going to be different for those who want it to be different, but the same for those who want it to stay the same.
Make this work, let’s: The more you chant this, the better you’ll feel.
Message to Europe: ‘Our message to Europe is clear. We know what we want. We understand your principles. We have a shared interest in getting this right. So let’s get on with it.’ (See also ‘It, Let’s Get On With’).
Moments: Usually ‘crucial’, often ‘historic’ and always ‘fast approaching’.
Negotiations: Invariably ‘complex’.
On our own: ‘If we want to do it on our own, then we have a responsibility to help find a solution. But that is not something we can do on our own. So all Europe must pull together so that we can do it on our own.’
One final point: ‘Let me make one final point, Andrew. One final point is what I want to make. And to make one final point is what I want. So let me make this one final point. A final point will always be worth making. And that is final.’
One plus one: ‘Following a successful Brexit, we will return to old numbers, so one plus one will officially equal 11.’
Opportunities: Always ‘far-reaching’.
Outcome: Always ‘best possible’, as in: ‘Delivering the best possible outcome for the kind of country we want to be.’
Partnership: Always ‘special’.
‘The reality is that we all need to face up to some hard facts. But what are the hard facts? The hard facts are that we have to face up to reality'
People: ‘I want to be straight with people. Because the reality is that we all need to face up to some hard facts.’ (See also Facts).
Progress: ‘Real’ or ‘very real’.
Proud: ‘We are proud to stand up for our values.’ (See also Values).
Question, the: ‘The question is, how we get there: how we build a bridge from where we are now to where we want to be.’
Reality: ‘The reality is that we all need to face up to some hard facts. But what are the hard facts? The hard facts are that we have to face up to reality. But what is reality? That’s what we must continue to look into.’ (See also Facts).
Relationship: This is always ‘new’ or ‘lasting’ or, at its very best, ‘new and lasting’.
‘My colleague Liam Fox has every intention of striking a new and lasting trading relationship with the Isle of Wight, weather permitting.’
Solution: Always ‘lasting’.
Stable: See Strong.
Strong: See Stable.
Truth: ‘The truth is, Andrew, that we need a strong and stable solution.’
Underpinning: ‘Our foundations underpin our ambitions, our ambitions underpin our values, our values underpin our partnerships, and our partnerships underpin our foundations.’
Values: See Underpinning.
Vision: Best to have while standing outside Downing Street, in search of something to say. ‘I am here today to set out my bold, new, positive vision for the future of our country.’
World, our place in the: Somewhere we can be confident of.
Who we are and where we want to be: Something that Dr Liam Fox very much hopes to discover in a month or two.
Young people: The future.
Zebra: It’s not all black and white.