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Prime Minister Theresa May’s Christmas message

“UK had many reasons to celebrate this year. Our Paralympic and Olympic athletes brought much glory to the nation. Her Majesty The Queen turned 90 this year and celebrated it while being surrounded with love. Wishes poured in for her from not just the UK, but from all around the world. All of us made some great memories and are going to look back at them as the year passes. The fondest memories are of precious moments spent with people from different walks of life.

We created history by leaving the EU this year. We need to take this opportunity to make our mark on the world. It is going to be big and bold and we are going to do it together. Being united is very crucial for a country. We also intend to work with our international partners for maintaining security and for promoting trade all around the world.

On Christmas day we gather together and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. When we celebrate his birthday, we also celebrate his message of spreading hope, love and forgiveness. Christians in some parts of the world face persecution because of who they are. This makes us feel determined to promote the freedom to practice any religion peacefully.

I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to those people who continue to work on Christmas day. Having grown up at a vicarage, I know how hard it is to work during the holiday period. It is time we appreciate people who are working in health services, the armed forces, emergency services and the security agencies.

I end this speech with a message of love, joy and peace for all of you. May all of you enjoy robust health, happiness and celebration in the coming year, wherever you are.“

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