Published: Tue, March 06, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Britain Prime Minister calls European Union to get on with Brexit vision talks

Britain Prime Minister calls European Union to get on with Brexit vision talks

"Despite the prime minister's best efforts, at times her speech sounded more wishlist than line in the sand".

She maintained that her view of future British-EU ties was credible and expressed confidence that she would reach a good deal, although she appealed for the bloc to be more flexible in its negotiations.

Forty-eight hours after she delivered her Road to Brexit Mansion House speech neither her Brexiteers nor her Remainers have broken ranks to protest betrayal. Later in the speech she did speak about the use of technology at the border and a customs arrangement (but not a customs union).

However she signalled Britain was willing to make major compromises to secure what she called the world's most ambitious free trade deal.

The Prime Minister on Friday set out her strategy for negotiations on the UK's future relationship with the European Union in a high-profile speech which earned her breathing space from warring Remain and Leave factions in the Conservative Party. But when it comes to the substance of a future trade deal, she is asking for an very bad lot of Brussels.

"We are not looking for passporting because we understand this is intrinsic to the single market, of which we would no longer be a member".

Mrs May will also set out five tests, which will guide her in the UK's negotiations with the European Union over a future trade deal.

And when it comes to cars and manufacturers, the Prime Minister will maintain regulatory alignment with the European Union to allow smooth trade.

She dismissed the commission's insistence that it would not allow "cherry-picking" of rights and obligations, insisting that this was a part of any trade negotiation.

May told Marr she had made a decision to be "straight with people".

"Each of those are different".

"If this is cherry-picking, then every trade relationship is cherry-picking", the British leader said, noting that all trade deals are unique.

She has declared during her Friday address that Britain is not likely to be in the exact market access in several areas following the exit from the EU.

Setting out her thinking in more detail, May said that the financial-services sector was too important to the British economy for Brussels to retain control of it under the existing passporting arrangement.

Although Britain aims to leave the jurisdiction of the ECJ, May admitted European Union laws would continue to affect the country.

As the former trade and business minister Lord Mandelson put it this weekend: "It involves two giant leaps of faith. We want competition between us to be fair and open, and we want reliable transparent means of verifying we are meeting our commitments and resolving our disputes", according to May.

"We both want good access to each other's markets. I think it's important to be straight with people".

Michel Barnier said: "Clarity about the United Kingdom leaving the single market and customs union and recognition of trade-offs will inform EU Council guidelines re: a future free trade agreement".

Stephen Martin, head of the Institute of Directors, said "business leaders will welcome the prime minister's honest admission that negotiating the future U.K. -EU relationship will involve making hard choices".

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