EU exit Britain May opts for confrontation

British Prime Minister Theresa May today wants to hold a principle speech on the withdrawal of her country from the European Union. The United Kingdom is likely to strive for a so-called “hard brexite” – which is a confrontation with the EU.

EU exit Britain May opts for confrontation.

EU exit Britain May opts for confrontation
British Prime Minister Theresa May (dpa / picture-alliance / John Stillwell)

The United Kingdom is, in principle, prepared to step out of the European single market. May will present a twelve-point plan for the separation from the EU in her speech this Tuesday in London, several media reported concurring. “We do not want to stick to the snapshots of the membership when we go,” Sky News told us from the Red manuscript, which he says is his own.¬†According to DLF correspondent Friedbert Meurer [AUDIO] ¬†May also appealed to the British, now together.

At the request of the German Press Agency, a government spokesperson confirmed the reports on the twelve-point plan in the night of Tuesday without going into detail. The European Union currently has 27 other countries as well as Great Britain. These countries agree that Britain should not remain in the European single market if it is to restrict the influx of EU workers. Critics accuse May of keeping secret for too long what Britain wants to achieve in the forthcoming negotiations with the EU.

Economists: “No choice but hard brexite”

The President of the Ifo Institute, Clemens Fuest, firmly believes that British Prime Minister Theresa May will present plans for a “hard brexit” at noon. The Europeans had left her no choice but Fuest said in Germany radio . But this is the beginning of the negotiations, not the end.

The FDP politician Alexander Graf Lambsdorff also said in Germany radio that the soft exit was never an option.

Hard or soft?

Under “hard Proposed referendum on United Kingdom membership of the European Union “ is understood to mean a clean break with Brussels. The relationship between the UK and the remaining 27 EU countries would be comparable to the EU’s relationship with Canada. EU citizens should apply for a work permit in order to live and work in the country. A free-trade agreement would be needed to ensure that customs duties were not levied on goods and services.

With “soft Proposed referendum on United Kingdom membership of the European Union “ is meant that Britain could seek a similarly close ties with the EU, such as Norway. The country is not an EU member, but has full access to the European internal market. In return, it must contribute to the EU budget, allow EU citizens to live and work in Norway, and adopt a large part of EU legislation.

Merkel calls for an end to the German economy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has already called for a close political and economic union in the negotiations with the UK. Sure, for many reasons, you would be interested in a good relationship, she said on the Monday evening at the New Year’s reception of the IHK Cologne. But if the UK does not want to accept the four basic freedoms of the EU’s internal market, it can not get full access, Merkel said. The UK government wants to restrict the free movement of workers from EU countries. “As a business representative, I ask you to act together,” Merkel appealed to the companies.

Merkel calls for an end to the German economy
Great Britain as a trading partner (dpa / picture-alliance / dpa-Grafik)


Merkel dampened expectations, there could be rapid stipulations. Ultimately, only what was to be submitted as an application for leave, Merkel said on Monday in Berlin.

US-President Donald Trump announced a possible US-British trade pact. The British Foreign Minister, Boris Johnson, said that such a free trade agreement must take account of the interests of both parties.

Timetable unclear due to court decision in London

For a withdrawal from the EU, the British expressed their opinion in a referendum in June 2016 with a narrow majority of 52 per cent. The issue of immigration played a dominant role. EU foreigners in the country were blamed, among other things, for pressure on the labor market, problems in health care and housing shortages.

At the latest by the end of March, May wants to send her country’s declaration of independence to Brussels. Only then can the negotiations begin. Whether this timetable can be met also depends on a judgment of the highest British court, which is expected in January. The judges are to decide whether May will have to seek Parliament’s approval before formally informing the EU of the planned withdrawal of Great Britain.

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