‘Hard facts’ for both sides in Brexit talks — Theresa May


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Theresa May has warned that «no-one intent get everything they want» out of Brexit negotiations but she is confident a deal can be done.

Site out UK hopes for a future EU economic partnership, Mrs May warned both sides had to allow «hard facts».

Single market access would be «less than it is now» and the UK would participate in to pay into some EU agencies.

But she would not threaten to walk out of talks and in a tidings to the EU said: «Let’s get on with it.»

The UK is due to leave the EU on 29 March 2019 but it wants a development period lasting around two years after to smooth the way for business.

Mrs May said she was secure remaining differences over a draft EU legal agreement could be figure out, allowing trade talks to get under way.

She said life would be distinguishable for the UK outside the EU’s single market: «In certain ways, our access to each other’s vends will be less than it is now.»

The UK could not expect to «enjoy all the benefits without all of the requirements» of membership.

Another «hard fact» would be that the UK would hushed continue to be affected by EU law and some decisions of the European Court of Justice — such as the ECJ rules on whether EU covenants are legal — but she stressed that the «jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in the UK obligated to end».

The UK may choose to remain «in step» with EU regulations in areas like land aid and competition, in order to get «good access» to markets, she said.

The hard the score for the EU was that the UK would want its own bespoke trade deal, not an «off-the-shelf design».

BBC Political Correspondent Alex Forsyth said «the real test purposefulness be whether this speech was enough to convince critics that Mrs May’s energy for Brexit is credible and achievable without alienating her own MPs».

Key trade proposals

The idiom contained a lot of detail on the kind of trading relationship Mrs May wants with the EU after Brexit.

  • Banks positioned in the City of London will lose the right to trade across EU without country-by-country accept, so-called passporting. A new system will be brought in to allow «the same regulatory after-effects over time»
  • Associate membership of EU medicines, chemical and aviation instrumentalities, accepting their rules and making «appropriate» financial contributions
  • Parliament command reserve the right to pass its own regulations in these areas but in the knowledge it could portend co-operation with those bodies
  • Continued participation in EU science, tuition and cultural programmes, close relationship with Euratom
  • UK to explore proceeded participation in EU’s internal energy market while protecting single strength market on the island of Ireland
  • Independent arbitration mechanism for trade rumpuses to replace role currently played the European Court of Justice
  • Clearer deal for UK fishermen based on reciprocal access to waters and shared oxens management
  • Mutual recognition of broadcasting rules to allow UK channels to with to be seen in Europe
  • Ensure continuity of rail, maritime and aviation helps and of hauliers’ access to European markets
  • Keeping UK regulatory standards «as excited as the EU’s» to ensure smooth trade and while UK law may not be «identical» to EU law «it should achieve the verbatim at the same time outcomes»

Labour reaction

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: «After 20 assassinated months, Theresa May has once again failed to bring real understandability to the negotiations — and worryingly, she admitted that her approach will reduce our access to European deal ins.

«She read out a long list of problems but failed to provide solutions, explicitly on the urgent question of preventing a hard border in Northern Ireland.»

Fitting Mrs May’s suggestion the UK could stick closely to EU state aid rules, he added: «Theresa May’s merely clear priority today seemed to be to tie the UK permanently to EU rules which are old to drive privatisation and block support for British industry.»


By BBC Brussels Newspaperwoman Adam Fleming

A European civil servant said to me recently that Brexit was a enthraling intellectual exercise in rebuilding the existing elements of the UK/EU relationship but with Britain out of the sorority.

Is that the same thing the prime minister proposed today, with the UK take oning associate membership of many of the EU’s agencies, choosing to follow the rulings of the European Court of Neutrality where needed, trading freely and maintaining broadly similar cost-effective and social models?

One geeky-sounding proposal in particular demonstrates how ambitious — and potentially unjust — this could be.

Mrs May said she wanted a bespoke deal for sharing materials that went beyond the EU’s usual tool of judging third mother countries’ laws to be of equivalent status to Europe’s. Yesterday Michel Barnier throw overed this idea in advance.

The EU chief negotiator tweeted some chilly praise today (lukewarm will be more than enough for Downing Boulevard).

But the EU’s formal reaction will come next week the European Consistory President Donald Tusk publishes his first draft of guidelines for the taper off of Brexit talks where all of this will be tackled.

Neither Norway nor Canada

The prime ecclesiastic called for a free trade agreement covering most sectors of the conservatism, going further than the deal signed between Canada and the EU but hindering short of Norway which is a member of the European Economic Area.

«We scarcity to strike a new balance. but we will not accept the rights of Canada and the obligations of Norway,» she said.

The Irish purfle

She again said a hard Irish border or a border between Northern Ireland and the support of the UK would be «unacceptable» and said it was for the UK and EU to «work together» on a solution.

She suggested this could be either a excises partnership, where the UK «mirrors» EU requirements on goods from around the period, or a streamlined customs arrangement, using technology and «trusted trader» diagrams to do away with the need for customs checks.


Amid assessment from the EU that the UK was attempting to «cherry-pick» the best parts of the bloc’s rules, she responded: «The fact is that every free trade agreement has varying demand access depending on the respective interests of the countries involved.

«If this is cherry-picking, then every switch arrangement is cherry-picking.»

Conservative reaction

The speech got a positive reaction from Brexit-backing ministry ministers, with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson tweeting: «We see fit remain extremely close to our EU friends and partners — but able to innovate, to set our own agenda, to alter b transfer our own laws and to do ambitious free trade deals around the world.»

But pro-European Tory challenge Anna Soubry told the BBC Leave voters would be right to query what was in it for them.

«The Brexit we are heading towards is very, very odd to the one we were promised,» she said.

Reaction from Brussels

The EU’s chief Brexit diplomat Michel Barnier welcomed the speech, saying it provided «clarity» in the UK leaving the single market and customs union and a «recognition» that trade-offs force inform future talks on a deal.

But the European Parliament’s Brexit co-ordinator Guy Verhofstadt was not impressed.

He broke: «Theresa May needed to move beyond vague aspirations, we can only await that serious proposals have been put in the post.

While I salutation the call for a deep and special partnership, this cannot be achieved by put into effect a few extra cherries on the Brexit cake. «

The DUP, Irish government, SNP, business and unions

The DUP, who Mrs May relies on for key Commons opts, welcomed Mrs May’s «clear commitment that she will not countenance any new border being created in the Irish Sea between Northern Ireland and the languish of the United Kingdom».

Leader Arlene Foster said she had «set forward the base upon which it would be possible to move forward.»

Irish Prime Man Leo Varadkar said he remained «concerned that some of the constraints of leave of absence the customs union and the single market are still not fully recognised.

«We intention now need to see more detailed and realistic proposals from the UK. Brexit is due to go on in a little over 12 months, so time is short.»

Business catalogue the CBI tweeted: «Excellent news if UK can stay in key agencies like EASA (European Aviation Safeness Agency) — glad PM has focused on them.»

The TUC said there was «still a chasm between the prime reverend’s rhetoric and reality».

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