This week saw Theresa May set out more detail of what the UK government will be seeking in Brexit negotiations.
In her speech she set out 12 principles or objectives, which are:
1. Certainty; 2. Control of our own laws; 3. Strengthen the Union; 4. Maintain the Common Travel Area with Ireland; 5. Control of immigration; 6. Rights for EU nationals in Britain, and British nationals in the EU; 7. Protect workers’ rights; 8. Free trade with European markets; 9. New trade agreements with other countries; 10. The best place for science and innovation; 11. Co-operation in the fight against crime and terrorism; 12. A smooth, orderly Brexit (phased transition).
The headline was that the UK government is clear that the UK cannot remain part of the single market (because doing so would require accepting free movement of people) and that the UK would like to renegotiate participation in the customs union so that the UK can negotiate its own 3rd party trade deals.
The Prime Minister’s speech can be found here...
In response to the Prime Minister’s speech the First Minister said:
“It seems the Westminster Tory government now think they can do anything to Scotland and get away with it. They must start to understand how wrong they are. The UK government cannot be allowed to take us out of the EU and the single market, regardless of the impact on our economy, jobs, living standards and our reputation as an open, tolerant country, without Scotland having the ability to choose between that and a different future. With her comments today, the prime minister has only succeeded in making that choice more likely”.