Where Does Theresa Mays Brexit Speech Leave Us? Hard Brexit Or Soft Brexit?
Prime Minister Theresa May today laid out
plans for Brexit in a speech designed to give some clarification on the government’s stance ahead of the triggering of Article 50, which will be invoked by the end of March.
In her speech, the PM said that Parliament would vote on the final deal when it is agreed by the UK and the EU and that the UK would not remain a member of the single market after it leaves the EU. Mrs May called for a ‘phased approach’ and laid out twelve objectives for Britain’s exit from the European Union. These are:
Provide certainty whenever we can. Will require give & take and compromises throughout the process. Up to the UK parliament to decide – will be vote in both houses on the final deal before it comes into force Build a stronger Britain, taking control of our own affairs and bringing an end to the jurisdiction of the EU Court of Justice. UK laws will be made in Westminster, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast Strengthen the union between the four nations of the United Kingdom Maintain the common travel area between the UK and Republic of Ireland Control of the number of people who come to Britain from Europe Guarantee the rights of EU citizens in Britain and the rights of British nationals in other member states Not only will the Government protect the rights of workers set out in European legislation, but it will also build on them Pursue a bold and ambitious Free Trade Agreement with the EU It’s time for Britain to get out into the world and rediscover its role as a great, global, trading nation Continue to collaborate with European partners on major science, research and technology initiatives Continue to work closely with European allies in foreign and defence policy Phased process of implementation which will be in the interests of Britain, the EU and its member states So What Does This Mean?
Geoff Isherwood is
Legal Services Manager for the ELAS Group. He says: “It is clear that there is to be a ‘hard Brexit’ and, so far, the PM’s speech seems to be well received. We also know now that both the House of Parliament and the House of Lords will vote on the final agreement. There was reassurance for businesses in the speech with the PM saying that ‘the same laws will apply on the day after Brexit as they did before’ and there would be no ‘cliff edge’ for businesses with an implementation phase coming in after everything had been finalised.
“For now, companies should continue to operate on a business as usual basis, ensuring that they remain
fully compliant with all current legislation. In terms of future changes, seeking advice from ELAS can help ensure businesses stay ahead of any changes, especially when it comes to EU workers.”