May’s Brexit Plan & Upcoming EU Speech
Set to present the UK’s plans for the EU exit today, British Prime Minister Theresa May has ruled out any “half-in, half-out” situation, stating that the UK’s 12 point plan aims to not leave the nation with a sort of “partial membership,” but to build a “new and equal partnership” with the EU.
Within the 12 point plan, the PM says the UK intends to trade “as freely as possible,” but the government has not yet revealed much detail about the upcoming negotiations with the EU. It has however stated that the Brexit package talks will commence by the end of March.
It has taken over six months for the UK government to formulate its coming actions, and for now all eyes are on the UK’s intentions in regards to the single market, the customs union, and its trade relationship with the EU in years to come.
In previous reports, EU leaders have indicated that they will not allow the UK to “cherry pick” benefits such as the single market, while letting go of obligations such as the free movement of people. The PM on the other hand has suggested a curb on migration is one of the country’s top priorities.
According to the BBC, Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer said: “Preserving our ability to trade successfully in Europe has to be the priority for business. Staying in the customs union is the best way to achieve that.”