British Prime Minister Theresa May wants the best deal for the United Kingdom as it plans to negotiate its way out of the European Union (E.U.). According to BBC News, May has set seven priorities including the continued sharing of intelligence, and policing information, as well as new trade agreements with countries outside the EU.
The U.K. is expected to trigger article 50 by the end of March, and begin negotiating a new deal with E.U. May is determined to get the best deal she can for the UK, telling the BBC: “This agreement should allow for the freest possible trade in goods and services between Britain, and the EU’s member states.”
May is willing to leave the negotiating table if there isn’t a good deal for Britain. “I am equally clear that no deal for Britain is better than a bad deal for Britain, she said.” 51.9% of British voters chose to leave the European Union in the June, 2016 referendum.
U.K Opposition, E.U. Leaders React
Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn told of his party’s priorities. “I think we have to have a deal that ensures we have access to the market- we have British jobs dependent on that market- that’s what we’ll be pushing for.” Corbyn warned of the risks involved in pursuing other trade markets, wondering what exactly May could have in mind.
Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron remarked on the effects Brexit would have on British democracy. “Ripping us out of the single market was not something proposed to the British people.”
United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) leader Paul Nuttall fears a slow-moving “Brexit”. “We want a clean break with the European Union, a free trade deal, and then we can get on as a free, independent nation.”
The Irish government issued a statement saying it was aware of the situation saying it was: “acutely aware of the potential risks and challenges for the Irish economy,” as well s the opportunities.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel appealed for cooperation with Germany’s business community. “I’m asking you as representatives of the business world to act together with us, because should it become apparent that you can get full access to the single market even if you can choose certain things then we risk that every country cherry picks. That’s why politics, and business need to act together.”
May has promised British parliament will have the final say on any Brexit deal.