British Prime Minister Theresa May Outlines 12-Point Brexit Plans

British Prime Minister Theresa May Outlines 12-Point Brexit Plans
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British Prime Minister Theresa May called on Tuesday (Jan 17) for a clean break from the European Union, revealing her 12-point plan for Brexit, in which she confirmed that the UK will leave the Single Market.

After refusing for months to give “a running commentary” on Britain’s negotiating strategy, May’s speech was the clearest indication to date of the country’s departure plans that were set in motion by last June’s referendum on Britain’s EU ties.  She also warned that the EU will be torn into “tiny pieces” if it does not give Britain the deal it wants, insisting that she will walk away from negotiations with Brussels if they attempt to give Britain a “bad deal”.

Mrs. May said that Britain wants to be “the best friend and neighbours to our European partners” but cannot be “half-in, half-out” of the European integration project.

“We do not seek to hold on to bits of membership as we leave,” she said.

She went on to reject preexisting models for quasi-membership that have been favoured by those seeking “a soft Brexit”. The remarks instead point to a jarring departure. Britain will jettison both the single market – which guarantees the free flow of goods, services and people across national boundaries – as well as the customs union, which dictates the terms of trade between Europe and the outside world.

She also stressed that British voters want tighter control over immigration, and her words suggest that will be her priority in the breakup talks – even at the expense of economic pain from losing membership in the single market and customs union in the so-to-be 27-nation bloc.

Prime Ministers speech comes a day after the publication of an interview in Britain’s Times of London in which US president-elect Trump expresses enthusiasm for a free trade deal between the US and Britain.

 

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