What is in the Brexit White Paper?



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What is the UK government saying about Brexit in its White Paper?

The UK government's Brexit White paper sets out Theresa May's priorities for negotiating the terms on which the UK will leave the European Union. There are 12 principles which the paper says will guide the government, namely:

  1. Providing certainty and clarity;
  2. Taking control of our own laws;
  3. Strengthening the Union;
  4. Protecting our strong historic ties with Ireland and maintaining the Common Travel Area;
  5. Controlling immigration; 6 The United Kingdom’s exit from and new partnership with the European Union
  6. Securing rights for EU nationals in the UK and UK nationals in the EU;
  7. Protecting workers’ rights;
  8. Ensuring free trade with European markets;
  9. Securing new trade agreements with other countries;
  10. Ensuring the United Kingdom remains the best place for science and innovation;
  11. Cooperating in the fight against crime and terrorism; and
  12. Delivering a smooth, orderly exit from the EU.

They are the same points Mrs May announced in a speech on 17 January 2017.

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