Theresa May has said Britain is set to leave the EU’s single market to restrict the flow of immigration from the bloc.
“Brexit must mean control of the number of people coming from Europe, and that is what we will deliver. What I am proposing cannot mean membership of the single market”
Ms May also mentioned a trade deal with Australia as a top priority for a “new global Britain”, and added that any divorce deal with EU members must be approved by voting in both chambers of Britain’s parliament.
Britain will have two years to arrange a breakup deal and negotiate a final settlement once the Prime Minister triggers Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty (aimed to be triggered by the end of March 2017), which officially declares the country’s intention to quit.
Some foreign ministers have hinted that Brexit would take five years.
MS MAY’S PRIORITIES FOR BREXIT NEGOTIATIONS ARE:
— 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 migration rights for EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU
MAY REITERATES TRADE DEAL WITH AUSTRALIA
During Ms May’s speech she reiterated her full commitment to a trade deal with Australia. Discussions have already started with Australia including New Zealand and India.
Donald Trump has also stated that Britian is not at the back of the queue for a trade deal but front of the line.
EUROPE REACTIONS TO MS MAY’S SPEECH
European leaders have responded to Ms May’s Brexit speech
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is again pushing for Scottish independence as Scotland had not voted for Brexit.
Finnish Finance Minister Petteri Orpo wrote on Twitter: “Britain has laid out its plan for #brexit. Next, it is the job of #EU27 to find a common position. United we stand, divided we fall.”
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Ms May’s plan was “welcomed”.
Original source: News.com.au