Tuesday 17 January 2017

Immigration Curbs At Heart Of Brexit Plan - UK To Leave Single Market, Says Prime Minister Theresa May

Theresa May promised a clean break from the EU in her speech today – ruling out any deal that 'leaves us half-in, half-out'
In an historic speech that will define the UK for generations, the Prime Minister vowed to take the country out of the European single market. She insisted controlling rampant immigration is a red line - and made clear Britain will no longer tolerate being bossed around by European judges. 

The PM's vision will delight Brexiteers but draw howls of outrage from Europhiles - who have been frantically trying to limit the impact of the referendum result since last June. It brings to an end months of hedging and stonewalling by ministers, as they hammered out the plan of attack in the looming negotiations with the EU.

Theresa May has said the UK "cannot possibly" remain within the European single market, as staying in it would mean "not leaving the EU at all".
But the prime minister promised to push for the "greatest possible" access to the single market following Brexit.
In a long-awaited speech, she also announced Parliament would get a vote on the final deal agreed between the UK and the European Union.
And Mrs May promised an end to the UK's "vast contributions" to the EU.
The prime minister used the speech to announce the UK's 12 priorities for Brexit negotiations including:
  • Maintaining the common travel area between the UK and Irish Republic
  • Tariff-free trade with the EU
  • A customs agreement with the EU
  • Continued "practical" sharing of intelligence and policing information
  • "Control" of immigration rights for EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU
Mrs May said there would not be a "blow-by-blow" account of negotiations, set to get under way after Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty is invoked by the end of March. It was not her intention to "undermine" the EU or the single market, she added.
But she warned the EU against a "punitive" reaction to Brexit, as it would mean "calamitous self-harm for the countries of Europe and it would not be the act of a friend".
She said: "This agreement should allow for the freest possible trade in goods and services between Britain and the EU's member states.
"It should give British companies the maximum possible freedom to trade with and operate within European markets and let European businesses do the same in Britain. But I want to be clear: what I am proposing cannot mean membership of the single market."

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