Prime Minister Theresa May Outlines Brexit Exit
Prime Minister Theresa May offered her first public outline of how Britain intends to withdraw from the European Union. Her first proposal is to have Britain leave Europe’s single market. She said, “This agreement should allow for the freest possible trade in goods and services between Britain and the E.U’s member state…What I am proposing cannot mean membership of the single market.”
Prime Minister Theresa May and Customs Union
The Prime Minister said she wants to have a customs agreement with the E.U. She did not clarify what such an agreement would be. She said, “I hold no preconceived position.” She made it clear she wants a new deal on customs.
Another point Theresa May expressed was the uncertainty for E.U. citizens’ rights in Britain. She stated, “We want to guarantee the rights of E.U. citizens who are already living in Britain, and the rights of British nationals in other member states, as early as we can…but I want everyone to know that it remains an important priority for Britain, and for many other member states, to resolve this challenge as soon as possible.”
The Prime Minister made it clear that Britain wants to remain a good friend and neighbor to Europe. She said, “Yet, I know there are some voices calling for a punitive deal that punishes Britain and discourages other countries from taking the same path. That would be an act of calamitous self-harm for the countries of Europe. And it would not be the act of a friend. Britain would not – indeed, we could not – accept such as approach.”