All the key things we learned from Theresa May's interview on Sky News


Prime Minister Theresa May has appeared on Sky News' Sophy Ridge On Sunday programme, making it her first interview of 2017. The PM was asked questions on a variety of topics, so here are all the important things we gleaned from the one-on-one.

On the the NHS

Theresa May
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May rejected claims of the "humanitarian crisis" the British Red Cross says plagues the health system, but she does acknowledge there are "huge pressures" on the NHS.

She told Ridge: "Yes there are significant pressures, but we recognise those pressures.

"We asked the NHS a while back to set out what it needed over the next five years in terms of its plan for the future and the funding that it would need. They did that, we gave them that funding, in fact we gave them more funding than they required. So funding is now at record levels for the NHS, more money has been going in."

She noted the UK's ageing population as a particular concern, which is why she says "it is important that it is the NHS that has produced its five-year plan and is now putting that plan into practice."

Labour has called for May or Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to make an emergency statement on the NHS when Parliament returns on Monday.

On Brexit

Theresa May
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Brexit was understandably high on Ridge's agenda, and when discussing the EU May denied any "muddled thinking" on the part of the Government.

The PM insisted she will be able to secure control over immigration to the UK as well as favourable trading terms with the EU during Brexit negotiations, saying: "It's wrong to look at this as just a binary issue as to either you have control of immigration or you have a good trade deal."

May said: "Often people talk in terms as if somehow we are leaving the EU but we still want to kind of keep bits of membership of the EU. We are leaving. We are coming out. We are not going to be a member of the EU any longer."

She said that the aim was to take control of the UK's borders and laws: "But of course we still want the best possible deal for us, companies to be able to trade, UK companies to be able to trade in and operate within the European Union and also European companies to be able to trade with the UK and operate within the UK."

May said she was concentrating on "not the means to the end but what the outcome is" as she looks ahead to negotiating Brexit.

On Donald Trump

Theresa May
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As the president-elect had recently tweeted that he was looking forward to meeting May, Ridge asked the PM a bit more about her thoughts on Trump's comments regarding women - not only as a leader, but as a woman.

May said Trump's comments from a 2005 recording about grabbing women by the genitals were "unacceptable", but added "the relationship the UK has with the US is something much bigger than the relationship between the President and PM."

Even though all these topics were covered, many people were unsure that there was actually anything to be learned from this particular interview.

May said that she will be setting out her plans for triggering Article 50 more in the coming weeks, so we'll have to wait a bit longer for some more details on that hot topic.