Brexit: Theresa May confirms UK will leave single market after EU departure

Brexit: Theresa May confirms UK will leave single market after EU departure

Theresa May gave a keynote speech on her Brexit plans today

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Theresa May has said that the United Kingdom will leave the single market when it leaves the European Union.

The Prime Minister gave a speech at Lancaster House which outlined her plans for the country after Brexit today (Tuesday), making clear her 12 priorities for the upcoming negotiations. 

Among her plans to enshrine the rights of EU nationals and UK citizens abroad, she stated clearly that her plans for the negotiations centre on the conviction that the country cannot remain in the European single market. 

To do so would mean accepting the free movement of people and remaining under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. 

Mrs May said that instead they would seek "the greatest possible access to the single market on a reciprocal basis, through a comprehensive and bold trade agreement".

The Prime Minister also stated her intention to go for an alternative arrangement to remain a part of the customs union. She also revealed that the deal at the end of negotiations will be put to a vote in Parliament.

She said: "When it comes to Parliament, there is one ... way in which I would like to provide certainty.

"I can confirm today that the Government will put the final deal that is agreed between the UK and the EU to a vote in both Houses of Parliament before it comes into force."

It was not made clear what the alternative would be if the deal was rejected by Parliament.