Before leaving EU: Theresa May sets records straight

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Since Theresa May is the by-product of last year's EU referendum, everyone who voted to stay expects her to be the saving grace of what David Cameron failed to accomplish.

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Ever since she assumed office, Theresa May has made it clear that the only sensible thing to do was to respect the vote of the majority. Thus, the country's journey to leaving the European Union began. This stance has been made clear anew in her latest speech delivered at the Lancaster House last Tuesday.

She began with stressing that remaining to be part of the Single Market is no longer practical when the country finally opts out of the Union. She said that being part of the tariff-free trading club is nothing different from surreptitiously complying with the EU’s regulations. “It would [also] mean accepting a role for the European Court of Justice that would see it still having direct legal authority in our country,” May said. For her, it would be more practical for the country to push for a new comprehensive free trade agreement. It would be more serviceable to put up a new scheme that is focused on creating wider access to the exclusive trading club without losing invaluable non-EU trading partnerships.

This explains the reason behind her strong view on leaving the Customs Union, as this will undoubtedly open the country commercially to the rest of the world. For her, the exclusivity it provides limits the UK from striking more open economic partnerships with various countries outside Europe. “That means I do not want Britain to be part of the Common Commercial Policy and I do not want us to be bound by the Common External Tariff,” she explained.

There will also be a complete overhaul of the country’s immigration policies. May reiterated that she didn’t fancy the idea of admitting foreign workers based solely on skill, thus rejecting the initial proposals focused on emulating Australia’s and Canada’s points-based scheme. Nonetheless, May reassured the public that the impending policies would pave the way for a “fairer Britain” and benefit both the foreign citizens who wish to to apply for a UK visa and the British citizens who want more access to local jobs. “We will continue to attract the brightest and the best to work or study in Britain—indeed openness to international talent must remain one of this country’s most distinctive assets—but that process must be managed properly so that our immigration system serves the national interest.”

With regards to the status of the expats, May wants an agreement built on mutuality. "I expect to be able to, and wish to be able to, guarantee their status here in the UK, but we do need reciprocity—we need to have care and concern for UK citizens who are living in the European Union, " she concluded. As per the British people, it’s a big win for them now that it’s clear where the country is headed. Certainly, there’s no turning back on the Leave Vote despite the appeals and the notion that it could still be overturned. The decision is final, and the better news is that they have a resolute leader in the guise of May.

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