UK Prime Minister Theresa May today (Friday March 2nd) sets out five tests to guide her in the UK’s negotiations with the EU for future economic partnership.
In a speech entitled "Our Future Partnership" at London’s Mansion House, the Prime Minister returns to the words she delivered on the steps of 10 Downing Street in July 2016, when she pledged to ‘forge a bold new positive role for ourselves in the world and…make Britain a country that works not for a privileged few, but for every one of us’.
In a media release put out by 10 Downing Street last night - which forms the basis of all the supposed professional insights by political correspondents in this morning's media reports - it was stated that she will say:
‘First, the agreement we reach with the EU must respect the result of the referendum. It was a vote to take control of our borders, laws and money. And a vote for wider change, so that no community in Britain would ever be left behind again. But it was not a vote for a distant relationship with our neighbours.
‘Second, the new agreement we reach with the EU must endure. After Brexit, both the UK and the EU want to forge ahead with building a better future for our people, not find ourselves back at the negotiating table because things have broken down.
‘Third, it must protect people’s jobs and security. People in the UK voted for our country to have a new and different relationship with Europe, but while the means may change our shared goals surely have not – to work together to grow our economies and keep our people safe.
‘Fourth, it must be consistent with the kind of country we want to be as we leave: a modern, open, outward-looking, tolerant, European democracy. A nation of pioneers, innovators, explorers and creators. A country that celebrates our history and diversity, confident of our place in the world; that meets its obligations to our near neighbours and far off friends, and is proud to stand up for its values.
‘And fifth, in doing all of these things, it must strengthen our union of nations and our union of people.
‘We must bring our country back together, taking into account the views of everyone who cares about this issue, from both sides of the debate. As Prime Minister it is my duty to represent all of our United Kingdom, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland; north and south, from coastal towns and rural villages to our great cities."
This comes despite recent political exchanges where Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and former Conservative Prime Minister John Major, amongst others, have been denounced as traitors by Brexit-supporting MPs.
She will add: ‘So let me turn to the future economic partnership I want to see. As on security, what I am seeking is a relationship that goes beyond the transactional to one where we support each other’s interests.
‘So I want the broadest and deepest possible agreement – covering more sectors and co-operating more fully than any Free Trade Agreement anywhere in the world today
‘I believe that is achievable because it is in the EU’s interests as well as ours and because of our unique starting point, where on day one we both have the same laws and rules. So rather than having to bring two different systems closer together, the task will be to manage the relationship once we are two separate legal systems.’