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Theresa May hard-sells Brexit, pitches border control

AFP
Published : Jan 9, 2017, 1:41 am IST
Updated : Jan 9, 2017, 6:33 am IST

Ms May said her “thinking on this isn’t muddled at all” & accused the previous administration of not preparing a strategy in case of Brexit.

Theresa May, UK Prime Minister
 Theresa May, UK Prime Minister

London: Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday insisted that Britain will have “control over our borders” after Brexit suggesting she would be prepared to quit Europe’s trading zone to achieve it.

“The referendum vote was a vote for us to... bring control into our immigration system. I’m clear that is part of what we need to deliver,” she said in an interview.

 

She added, “We will be able to have control over our borders, of our laws.”

German leader Angela Merkel has warned that Britain will not be able to remain in the European Union’s (EU) single market while “cherry picking” the terms, including over the free movement of labour, and Ms May appeared to suggest that she would be willing to quit the trade zone.

“Often people talk in terms of, somehow we’re leaving the EU but we still want to keep bits of membership of the EU,” she said. Ms May has come under increasing pressure to reveal more detailed plans about her Brexit strategy, and promised to do so during a series of speeches in “the coming weeks”. “When people voted in the referendum on the 23rd of June, they voted to leave the EU, but they also voted for change and this year, 2017, is the year in which we start to make that happen,” she said.

 

Ms May, who took power after David Cameron resigned in the wake of the Brexit vote, stressed that Britain could still secure favourable access for businesses trading within the EU although critics warn that negotiations will be fraught and complex.

“We will be working to get the best possible deal in the trading relationship with the EU,” she said. She also rejected last week’s parting shot delivered by Ivan Rogers, Britain’s outgoing top EU ambassador, that the government did not have a clear plan. Ms May said her “thinking on this isn’t muddled at all” and accused the previous administration of not preparing a strategy in case of Brexit.

 

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Location: United Kingdom, England, London