UK's May says her plans mean Britain cannot remain in EU single market
British Prime Minister Theresa May said her plans for Britain's exit from the European Union mean that it could no longer remain in the single market but she would seek a deal that would take in some aspects of membership. "What I am proposing cannot mean membership of the single market," she said in a speech in London, adding that would mean not leaving the bloc at all.
British PM May sets out plans for BrexitPrime 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.
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