Brexit Minister Davis: Britain unlikely to stay in EU internal market

Britian is unlikely to remain in the European Union's internal market once it leaves the bloc, the government minister responsible for implementing the so-called Brexit said Monday.

Presenting the government's EU departure plans to parliament, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis said Britain wanted access to the internal market, but did not want to be part of it, so instead he would work towards a free trade deal with the EU.

Davis rejected any idea that a free trade deal would include freedom of movement for EU workers.

"Naturally, people want to know what Brexit will mean," Davis said.

"Simply, it means leaving the European Union. So we will decide on our borders, our laws and the taxpayers' money," he said.

"This must mean controls on the numbers of people who come to Britain from Europe, but also a positive outcome for those who wish to trade in goods and services."

Davis stressed that a free trade agreement was in the interests of the EU as well as Britain given the amount of bilateral trade.

Opposition members of parliament found Davis' speech to be thin on detail, however, and shouted "Waffle!"

Davis was flanked during his speech by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and International Trade Secretary Liam Fox in a show of unity among the three ministers working towards securing a Brexit.

Prime Minister Theresa May ruffled a few feathers in the Brexit camp during the G20 summit in China, which concluded on Monday, when she rejected a points-based system for EU immigrants, a pledge made by Leave campaigners during the referendum campaign.

Last update: Mon, 05/09/2016 - 19:35
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