Last week Theresa May laid out the objectives for Britain leaving the European Union. These 12 objectives aim to get the best and right deal for all of us across the country. She made it clear that Britain will be leaving the EU; we won’t be seeking any halfway house type of membership or associate membership.

Last June the question on the ballot paper was clear; it was about leaving the EU and that is what people voted for. There are those who still strongly oppose that path, however to go against that would, as I have said previously, be an affront to our democratic system. In the six months that have passed since June there has been lots of conjecture over what sort of deal Britain would seek and last week the Prime Minister began to explain those details. I have placed the 12 objectives on my website as there isn’t sufficient column space to lay them out here, however one thing is clear - the Prime Minister is determined to get the best deal for Britain and her rhetoric was strong and positive.

The Prime Minister will give certainty wherever she can during the negotiations, and she also affirmed that the final deal will be put to a vote in both Houses of Parliament. We will end the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in Britain - meaning we are once again in control of our own laws. We want to guarantee the rights of EU nationals in Britain and British nationals in the EU as quickly as possible. We will ensure that workers’ rights are protected and maintained as European laws are translated into our own domestic employment regulations.

As membership of the EU single market brings with it many of the things that were the subject of people’s opposition to our membership of the EU - such as free movement and European Court of Justice rulings - Theresa May has also said that we will leave the single market, and as a priority we will pursue a Free Trade Agreement with the European Union instead. Leaving the single market will also free us of contributing large sums to the EU budget. She has, however, said that we will look to possibly contribute to some specific EU programmes that we wish to participate in, but this will be our decision. We will also look to strike new trade deals with other countries outside the EU.

The Prime Minister’s speech was optimistic and positive, and I believe it has struck the right tone. There are those who still and will always feel that the country made a huge mistake last June. As readers will know, I am not one of them, but we now have to enact that decision. It cannot and will not be reversed, so we have to look forward and with the 12 objectives laid out last week we have the framework to move forward. There will be difficulties and I am sure some disagreement along the way, but I feel that Britain can prosper outside the EU, and the Prime Minister’s speech last week lays out the path for doing so.


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