Prime Minister Theresa May is setting out the principles that will guide her approach to Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union in a speech in London on Tuesday.
Below are the highlights from her speech:
UK WILL LEAVE EUROPEAN SINGLE MARKET
This agreement should allow for the freest possible trade in goods and services between Britain and the EU’s member states. It should give British companies the maximum freedom to trade with and operate within European markets, and let European businesses do the same in Britain.
But I want to be clear: What I am proposing cannot mean membership of the single market.
NOT SEEKING PARTIAL OR ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP
We see a new and equal partnership between an independent, self-governing, global Britain and our friends and allies in the EU. Not partial membership of the European Union, associate membership of the European Union or anything that leaves us half-in, half-out.
We do not seek to adopt a model already enjoyed by other countries. We do not seek to hold on to bits of membership as we leave. No. The United Kingdom is leaving the European Union and my job is to get the right deal for Britain.
I WANT A TRULY GLOBAL BRITAIN
I want this United Kingdom to emerge from this period of change stronger, fairer, more united and more outward-looking than ever before. I want us to be a secure, prosperous, tolerant country, a magnet for international talent.
I want us to be a truly global Britain, the best friend and neighbour to our European partners, but a country that reaches beyond the borders of Europe too. A country that goes out into the world to build relationships with old friends and new allies alike.
INVESTMENT IN ECONOMIC INFRASTRUCTURE
This government has a plan for Britain … That is why, as we continue to pay the deficit down, we will take a balanced approach by investing in our economic infrastructure, as it can transform the growth potential of our economy and improve the quality of people’s lives across the whole country.