Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Angela Merkel WARNING to May: Accept EU's four freedoms or FORGET about single market


ANGELA Merkel has laid down a cast-iron ultimatum to Theresa May, embarrassingly snubbing the Prime Minister on the day she claimed she did not want a hard Brexit.The German Chancellor made it abundantly clear that unless Britain adopts all four of the European Union’s key freedoms then access to the single market will be denied. But just minutes earlier, Mrs May had expressed optimism that Britain would be granted access to the economic club, hinting that a bespoke Brexit deal could be in the pipeline.Mrs May said: “Well, I’m tempted to say the people who are getting it wrong are those who print things saying I’m talking about a ‘hard’ Brexit, ‘it’s absolutely inevitable it’s a hard Brexit’. “I don’t accept the terms ‘hard’ or ‘soft’ Brexit. “What we are doing is going to get an ambitious, good, the best possible deal for the United Kingdom in terms of trading with, and operating within, the single European market."She added: “But it will be a new relationship because we won’t be members of the EU any longer. “We will be outside the European Union, and therefore we will be negotiating a new relationship, across not just trading but other areas, with the European Union.” However, her positive outlook for Britain’s future relationship with the Brussels bloc was dealt a bitter blow by the hardline German Chancellor.Mrs Merkel struck back, saying: “We will have to talk about restricting access to the EU single market.”She added: “We also make clear on the other hand that access to the single market can only be possible on the condition of respecting the four basic freedoms. Otherwise one has to talk about limits of access.”
http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/752058/Angela-Merkel-Theresa-May-Brexit-European-Union-single-market-four-freedoms-politics

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