What did UK prime minister Theresa May announce in her speech about the UK leaving the EU (Brexit) and the single market? Where can I find the text of her speech?
Theresa May announced in a long-awaited speech on 17 January 2017 that the UK would have to leave the single market if it was leaving the EU. She said: "What I am proposing cannot mean membership of the single market... It would, to all intents and purposes, mean not leaving the EU at all."
She also announced Parliament WOULD be given a vote on the final deal before the UK leaves the EU.
The text of her speech included these words:
The United Kingdom is leaving the European Union. And my job is to get the right deal for Britain as we do. The government will put the final deal which is agreed between the UK and the E. U. to a vote in both houses of parliament. Leaving the European Union will mean that our laws will be made in Westminster Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast. And those laws will be interpreted by judges not in Luxembourg but in courts across this country.The United Kingdom will share a land border with the E. U.' and maintaining that common travel area with the Republic of Ireland will be an important priority for the UK in the talks ahead. The message from the public before and during the referendum campaign was clear. Brexit must mean control of the number of people who come to Britain from Europe. And that is what we will deliver. We will pursue a bold and ambitious free trade agreement with the European Union. This agreement should allow for the freest possible trade in goods and services between Britain and the EU's member states. What I am proposing cannot mean membership of the single market. So an important part of the new strategic partnership we seek with the EU will be the pursuit of the greatest possible access to the single market on a fully reciprocal basis through a comprehensive free trade agreement. Countries including China, Brazil and the Gulf states have already expressed their interest in striking trade deals with us. President-elect Trump the said Britain is not at the back of the queue for a trade deal with the United States, the world's biggest economy, but the front of the line. But I do want us to have a customs agreement with the EU. Whether that means we must reach a completely new customs agreement, become an associate member of the customs union in some way or remain a signatory to some elements of it, I hold no preconceived position. I want us to have reached an agreement about our future partnership by the time the two year article 50 process has concluded. I am equally clear that no deal for Britain is better than a bad deal. We do not approach these negotiations expecting failure but anticipating success. Because we are a great global nation with so much to offer Europe and so much to offer the world.
These are the objectives we have set. Certainty where ever possible. Control of our own laws. Strengthening the United Kingdom. Maintaining the common travel area with Ireland. Control of immigration. Rights for EU nationals in Britain and British nationals in the EU. Enhancing rights for workers. Free trade with European markets. New trade agreements with other countries. A leading role in science and innovation. Cooperation on crime terrorism and foreign affairs. And a phased approach delivering a smooth and orderly [exit].