Theresa May’s Brexit plan

Missy has detailed the main points in Theresa May’s speech setting out plans for implementing Brexit (leaving the European Union Single Market):

The Main points are:

  • A final deal on Britain’s exit from the EU will be put to a vote of both Houses of Parliament
  • Ireland will have a common travel area between UK and Irish republic, ‘which will protect the security of UK’
  • May wants to guarantee the rights of EU nationals in Britain, and Britons living in Europe, as soon as possible.
  • Britain will leave the single market. The Government will seek ‘the greatest possible access with a fully-reciprocal free trade deal’. May indicated that Britain could pay if necessary, but would stop making the contributions it makes now.
  • May wants to see ‘a phased process of implementation of new arrangements outside the EU’ from 2019
  • Theresa May prefers ‘no deal’ than a ‘bad deal’, telling EU leaders punishing Britain would be “an act of calamitous self-harm”

The 12 point plan is below:

  1.  Provide certainty about the process of leaving the EU
  2. Control of our own laws
  3. Strengthen the Union between the four nations of the United Kingdom
  4. Maintain the Common Travel Area with Ireland
  5. Brexit must mean control of the number of people who come to Britain from Europe
  6. Rights for EU nationals in Britain and British nationals in the EU
  7. Protect workers’ rights
  8. Free trade with European markets through a free trade agreement
  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

She has talked tough on this, from my perspective I think the most important things to note is that she is willing to walk away from making any deal if the EU tries to punish Britain for leaving, this will go down well with a lot of leavers (and some Remainers) if she follows through – Cameron had similar rhetoric last January when he tried to negotiate a deal with the EU prior to the referendum saying that if he didn’t get what he wanted then he would campaign to leave.

The EU didn’t give him what he wanted, and he still campaigned to remain, trying to sing the pitiful deal he got as some sort of win.

May also issued a warning to the EU, saying that the EU needs to reform or its ‘vice-like grip’ on its members will shatter into tiny pieces. She said that there are two ways to deal with differences, to try and hold things together by force, or respect the difference and reform so that it deals better with the diversity of its member states. This in my opinion is more than a warning, it is a rebuke to the EU for trying to force greater integration.

No more plans will be made public until Article 50 is triggered, so for those that want more information they will be left disappointed.

Time will tell what the EU reaction will be, there has been some reaction on twitter, and the French Foreign Minister apparently referred to her Brexit plan as improvised – before she even gave her speech.

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  1. Gezza

     /  18th January 2017

    Aljaz 6am Tv news reported that despite Theresa wearing Tartan trouser, her speech hasn’t gone down at well with Nicola Sturgeon who is reportedly furious and demanding another referendum?

    • Missy

       /  18th January 2017

      Sturgeon has been bleating for special treatment for Scotland since the vote, she seems to think Scotland does better in the EU, strangely enough she is in favour of independence from the UK – where England and Wales are propping up her socialists policies – in order to be beholden to the EU. Most in Scotland realise Scotland is in a worse position now than when they had their last referendum, and would not qualify for membership of the EU.

      Also, there has been a lot of anecdotal evidence from letters to the editor and in social media that suggests some in Scotland voted Remain solely to avoid a second independence referendum, and if they could go back in time they would vote to leave knowing how the rest of the country voted, whether it would be enough to change Scotland’s overall vote is unknown, but probably unlikely.

      • Gezza

         /  18th January 2017

        What’s happening with her levels of personal support? She comes across more & more like a shrill, angry harpy & I note from that article she’s not getting strong backup from other Scottish parties.

        • Missy

           /  18th January 2017

          Not sure north of the border to be honest, but I think it is declining, but she is hated in England.

      • spanish_tudor

         /  18th January 2017

        The Scots will always take English welfare over Scottish independence.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  18th January 2017

          They might be willing to trade it for EU welfare but the Germans are not keen on paying it.

          • Missy

             /  18th January 2017

            It will take them too long to get the EU Welfare, I don’t think they are willing to wait to be in a position to join the EU.

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  18th January 2017

    Sounds good common sense from May. Now just get on with it so long as the courts will let her.


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