Jean-Claude Juncker has given his clearest sign but that the EU is not going to settle for Theresa Could’s plan to maintain Britain within the single marketplace for items after Brexit.
In his annual state of the union tackle in Strasbourg the European Fee president stated components of the only market may “definitely not” be jettisoned for nations exterior the bloc.
However he stated the Chequers proposals may very well be a “start line” for the longer term relationship and that Britain would “by no means be an odd” nation for the EU.
“We respect the British choice to go away our Union, though we proceed to remorse it deeply,” he informed MEPs.
“However we additionally ask the British authorities to grasp that somebody who leaves the Union can’t be in the identical privileged place as a Member State.
“Should you depart the Union, you might be after all now not a part of our single market, and definitely not solely within the components of it you select.”
Ms Could proposed that Britain signal as much as a “frequent rulebook”, successfully conserving British items within the single market – however with out accepting laws for companies, the European Court docket of Justice, or free motion. The intention of the plan was to permit frictionless commerce to proceed between the EU and UK after Brexit.
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