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17/01/2017

Jo Coburn introduces live coverage of Theresa May's Brexit speech. Jo is joined by Theresa Villiers, Barry Gardiner and Damian Green to discuss the prime minister's speech.


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Hello, and welcome to the Daily Politics.

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Theresa May says the UK won't be "half-in, half-out"

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of the EU, as she sets out her Brexit

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The Prime Minister is due to flesh out her Brexit plan in a speech

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We'll bring you the speech live and uninterrupted here on BBC Two.

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After months of deliberation, the PM is expected to say the UK

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will leave the EU single market in order to take back control

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But how much freedom will we have to strike our own trade deals

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with countries like China, India and the United States?

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We'll have detailed analysis and political reaction.

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For six months since the referendum, Theresa May has stuck to her phrase

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Today, we find out what that really means.

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In around 15 minutes, the Prime Minister will make

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a speech to an audience of diplomats in Lancaster House, central London,

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which Number Ten says will set out 12 priorities for the forthcoming

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We're expecting the speech to last around 45 minutes, and we'll bring

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you all of her speech, live and uninterrupted.

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With me for our specially-extended programme today are the Conservative

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Leave campaigner and former Cabinet minister Theresa Villiers.

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And Labour's Shadow International Trade Secretary Barry Gardiner.

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First, let's get the latest from our assistant political editor

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Norman Smith who's at Lancaster House.

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What can we expect? If you are expecting a blueprint for Brexit, a

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feast of details, you are going to be disappointed, that is not what

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you will get. Yes, there will be confirmation, we are leaving the

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single market, but beyond that, I suspect there will be little

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clarity. The reason is so many of the key areas are central to Theresa

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May's negotiations and she does not want to compromise her approach.

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There is an ongoing disagreement, call it what you will, within

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Government over key aspects of Brexit. Instinctively, Theresa May

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rarely says more than she has two. By the end of the day, we will not

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massively wiser about the specific objectives Theresa May is seeking.

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For example on the issue of the customs union. It is clear Mrs may

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wants Britain to negotiate its own trade deals outside the customs

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union. Equally it is clear within Government there is a view there are

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huge advantages to British industry to remain a part of the customs

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union. That will form a critical part of negotiations. We want to be

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out but we want the benefits of staying in. We are looking for a

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deal. Likewise on immigration, we could push for a tough deal, insist

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on quotas are people who want to come from the EU to Britain. We

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could go for a of movement, saying you can come here if you have a job.

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Lastly, on a transitional deal, we don't want to say we are desperate

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for a transitional deal, that makes us look weak. That is central to

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negotiations. Because Mrs May still has to go into the negotiating

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chamber, she does not want to put up an advertising sign, this is what I

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want. So do not expect detail about her specific objectives.

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She has talked about 12 negotiating priorities. We work expect too much

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detail around the key issues. What will be in those priorities?

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Will they be nebulous? You will hear a restatement of what Mrs May has

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said many times about taking back control of migration, legal

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authority from the Supreme Court, of our money.

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The big overarching principles. What will be in her speech is a message

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of reassurance. The speech today has been cast as her setting out her

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plans. I think she sees it as Theresa May talking to the world

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beyond Westminster. Reassurance to voters we won't be doing the hokey

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Cokie halfway in half an hour. We are leaving. Reassurance to other

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countries, we remain friends, we want to trade with you. Reassurance

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to the rest of the world who won't become some sad lonely Island not

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talking to the rest of the world. It is that bigger picture message

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rather than the nitty-gritty specifics.

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Thank you. We will let you go inside Lancaster House.

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Is this what you are expecting, a clear sign we are leaving the single

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market? That is what has been briefed.

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Norman Smith is right, at this stage, it doesn't make sense to have

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a detailed negotiating blueprint in the public domain. We may get an

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indication we are leaving the internal market but not huge detail

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on other issues. Do you accept that? The more the

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speech has been trialled in advance, it is probable unless it will

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contain on the day. It has been a speech where the Prime Minister is

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trying to say this is on track but actually as Norman set out in his

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piece and as Theresa May would agree, the Prime Minister is in a

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difficult position appealing to the wider audience, but also trying to

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get the facts right. Are we going to have the benefit of the customs you

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in? She realises that is in our economic interest. -- customs union.

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She wants a bold statement, this is a clean break which is a difficult

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balance. Leaving the single market as has

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been briefed is what she will outline. She has been clearer about

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that over the last few months. We won't hear anything different. Do

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you agree then as you have implied that the argument about today will

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be about the customs union and whether we are part of that customs

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union which will make it difficult for us to have free trade deals

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which is the Department you are shadowing?

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If you look at what the Conservative Party manifesto said, it talked

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about safeguarding Britain's's interests in the single market,

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about competing the single market in terms of the economy. It is clear we

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have a Prime Minister who has now broken with those central pledges

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that were there in the Conservative manifesto. But she has done that

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without her own mandate. That puts her in a difficult position with the

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electorate and her own party. She has to explain how having come into

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being Prime Minister without any election, and she is now revoking

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that clear commitment that was in the Conservative manifesto, to

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complete the single market. It is one thing to say, we are leaving the

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EU. To say we are going to reject all the things that are in the

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economic benefit that create jobs and economic prosperity in this

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country, she has to explain that to the British public.

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That we would be better off. She had to explain how we are going to be

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better off. The Conservative manifesto said we

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would hold a referendum and respect the result.

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We respect that result. Now she is in that position...

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We need to leave the internal market. It would leave us subject to

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European law and the European Court of Justice, both of those are

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inconsistent with respecting the leave boat.

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You are saying the Conservative manifesto contained inconsistent

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answers. I am asking now the Prime Minister should reconcile those by

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explaining to the British public why, on the one hand, she promised

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to make Britain better by completing -- safeguarding the British interest

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in the single market, now she wants to do the opposite.

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The phrase is half-in, half-out, she doesn't want that. We are leaving

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the EU, she says. Would you see partial membership of the customs

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union, would that still be half in for you?

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My anxiety would be if we stayed partly in the customs union, we

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would be likely to be subject to extensive regulation and balls and

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the ECJ. If we can avoid that, it is not unreasonable to keep the option

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open -- regulation and balls. To be consistent we need to leave

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the customs union and the internal market.

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In its entirety. Mixing and matching different

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sectors is difficult to reconcile with WTO rules.

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Do you agree Barry Gardner the UK would still be half in if you like,

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if we remained even partially as part of the customs union?

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Not at all. What you have, for example, both Norway and

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Switzerland, one of them inside the single market but not part of the

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EU, the other inside the customs union but not part of the EU.

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Models can be separate where those countries are not members of the EU.

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Strictly, that is not correct. The point Theresa May made about the

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world trade organisation is important.

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What the WTO says, in order to be part of a customs union, you need to

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be substantially within it. That means it is about 85% - 90% of all

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your ex boats have to be part of the WTO.

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Theresa May is going inside Lancaster House, due to speak in the

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next few minutes in a speech lasting 45 minutes. She has gone inside

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Lancaster House. Let's take a quick look

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at the timetable to Brexit. Theresa May's speech comes ahead

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of a decision by the Supreme Court on whether she will need

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the approval of Parliament That ruling is expected

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by the end of January. The Government has already committed

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to publish a plan for leaving the EU The Brexit Select Committee has

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called for a white paper to be The Prime Minister has said Article

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50 will be triggered by the end of March,

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firing the starting gun on up to two But the EU's chief negotiator

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Michel Barnier has said the negotiations could only last

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for up to 18 months in order to give EU institutions

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time to ratify the deal. Further talks may need to take place

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after that to agree Britain's post-Brexit trading relationship

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with the EU if this cannot be negotiated in parallel

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with the exit deal. And throughout the speech,

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the BBC's Reality Check team will be fact-checking Theresa May's claims

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and posting comments on the BBC Labour is not going to block the

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triggering of Article 50? That is right, we have accepted the

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will of the public was clear. It was a huge vote, 52% in favour of

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leaving, 48% against. That is a clear majority, we accept

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that. What we will try is set out the way

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in which we think it should be delivered.

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There was no clarity about how we should leave.

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That is what we need. It is what the Prime Minister promised before

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Christmas, what Parliament voted on before Christmas.

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The Government accepted they would set out a paper to Parliament

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setting out the negotiating conditions.

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The speech today is not a Government paper.

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As Norman Smith said. Will it be enough for you if she fleshes out

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the principles? Not at all, we want a paper to

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Parliament, not a speech. But what would be wrong with that?

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Why shouldn't Government flesh out more clearly beyond what this speech

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is expected to set out to MPs across the house, bearing in mind the

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opposition said it would block triggering Article 50?

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It may be the Government publishes further documents before a vote is

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taken in Parliament. Ministers are engaging every day in Parliament on

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how to approach these negotiations. This speech is another significant

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landmark setting out our objectives. Every step of the way Parliament is

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involved. What would not be wise is to set up all the detail of our

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strategy. If the Government fails to provide

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some sort of paper setting out the negotiating position, what will you

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do? They will have broken their permits

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to Parliament. We will table an amendment setting out what we

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believe should be the case. If the Government defeats that, they

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have the majority in Parliament to do that, it is their right to do

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that as Government, then they can trigger Article 50 without having

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provided detailed to Parliament for proper Parliamentary scrutiny.

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Today, it is not acceptable for the Prime Minister to make the

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fundamental points about how she is approaching these negotiations not

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to Parliament. Parliamentary scrutiny is important, it is what

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the Brexited said they were bringing back, sovereignty to the UK.

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Let's go inside the room at Lancaster House. Diplomats gathered

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inside, with members of the press, waiting for this speech from Theresa

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May, due to start in the next few minutes or so. Lots of anticipation,

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no doubt. There is our political editor Laura Kuenssberg. Theresa

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Villiers, you were going to interject when Barry was speaking? I

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think it is crucial to point out that Parliament is engaged every day

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in this process. Barely a day goes by when we don't have debate on this

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and very often Labour don't have the speakers... What can they debate on

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if they don't have the information in their grasp? The Prime Minister

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set out the fundamentals in her conference speech. We will get more

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detail today. What we don't want is wrecking amendments in the

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legislation. Barry Gardner said that won't happen, they won't have

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wrecking amendments, is that right? That is right. If we are leaving,

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which we accept we are, we want to make a success of it. That means

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jobs in this country, economic growth. And remaining in the customs

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union? We think that actually we should be getting the best possible

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access either in the customs union and the single market that we

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possibly can, for our goods and services, on a tariff free and on a

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non-tariff free basis. Those barriers must remain. That would

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mean, according to the European Union, on a tariff free basis, that

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we would have to sign up to the rules of freedom of movement. That

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is subject to negotiation. Any indication they would give way on

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that? None. It is clear on the other side of the negotiating table that

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they hold the four freedoms as essential. There was a concession

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given to David Cameron on timescales on the four year concession they

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talked about. There may be a way of pushing that further. That is

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subject to negotiation. Both sides were very clear that leaving the EU

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meant leaving the internal market, during the referendum that was clear

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from both sides. In terms of negotiations, what are your viewss

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on the transition arrangements? There are hints there should be a

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transitional arrangement with the EU if negotiations aren't completed by

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2019, would you support that? It depends what transitional

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arrangement we are talking about. If it is something that effectively

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keeps us in the EA for years on end, I don't think that would be

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acceptable. If it's relatively short or specific, it could make sense,

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but you can't answer the single question about whether transitional

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arrangements are acceptable or not, it depends on what type of

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transitional arrangements. Would you prefer to use the clean and hard

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Brexit terms, whether or not they had completed a deal with the EU

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that is satisfactory for the government? I would prefer we

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limited the period of uncertainty, so we had a clean break from the EU

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at the end of the Article 50 process. Inevitably there will be

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some types of transitional arrangements to help industry deal

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with that transition. But I think the more we can do to get this

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decision made as quickly as possible, the better for our economy

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and it gives us the opportunity to start negotiating with other

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countries on trade deals. Do you accept if we stay part of the

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customs union, within that group of countries that trades within the

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customs union... I am going to stop there, here is the Prime Minister,

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Theresa May, taking her place on the podium to deliver her speech on

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Brexit. A little over six months ago the

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British people voted for change. They voted to shape a brighter

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future for our country. They voted to leave the European Union and

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embrace the world, and they did so with their eyes open, accepting that

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the road ahead would be uncertain times, but believing that it leads

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towards a brighter future for their children and their grandchildren,

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too. It is the job this government to deliver it. That means more than

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negotiating our new relationship with the EU. It means taking the

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opportunity of this great moment of national change to step back and ask

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ourselves what kind of country we want to be. My answer is clear. I

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want this United Kingdom to emerge from this period of change stronger,

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Sarah, more united and more outward looking than ever before. -- fairer.

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I want us to be a secure, prosperous, tolerant country, a

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magnet for international talent and a home to the pioneers and

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innovators who will shape the world ahead. I want us to be a truly

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global Britain, the best friend and neighbour to our European partners,

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but a country that reaches beyond the borders of Europe, too. A

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country that goes out into the world to build relationships with old

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friends and new allies alike. I want Britain to be what we have

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the potential talent and ambition to be, a great, global trading nation

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which is respected around the world and strong, confident and United at

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home. That is why this government has a plan for Britain. One that

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gets us the right deal abroad, but also ensures we get a better deal

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for ordinary working people at home. It's why that plan sets out how we

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will use this moment of change to build a stronger economy and a

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fairer society, by embracing genuine economic and social reform. Why our

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new modern industrial strategy is being developed, to ensure every

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nation and area of the United Kingdom can make the most of the

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opportunities ahead. Why we will go further to reform our schools, to

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ensure every child has the knowledge on the skills they need to thrive in

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Paris Brexit Britain. Why, as we continue to bring the deficit down,

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we would take a balanced approach by investing in our economic

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infrastructure, because it can transform the growth potential of

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our economy and improve the quality of peoples lives across whole

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country. It's why we will put the

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preservation of our precious union at the heart of everything we do.

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Because it is only by coming together as one great union of

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nations and people that we can make the most of the opportunities ahead.

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The result of the referendum was not a decision to turn inward and

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retreat from the world. Because Britain's history and culture is

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profoundly internationalist. We are a European country and proud of our

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shared European heritage, but we are also a country that has always

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looked beyond Europe, to the wider world. That is why we are one of the

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most racially diverse countries in Europe, one of the most

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multicultural members of the European Union, and why whether

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we're talking about India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, America, Australia,

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Canada, New Zealand, countries in Africa or those closer to home in

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Europe, so many of us have close friends and relatives from across

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the world. Instinctively we want to travel to study in and trade with

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countries not just in Europe but beyond the borders of our continent.

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Even now, as we prepare to leave the EU, we are planning for the next

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heads of Commonwealth meeting in 2018, a reminder of our unique and

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proud global relationships. And it is important to recognise this fact.

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June the 23rd was not the moment Britain chose to step back from the

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world, it was the moment we chose to build a truly global Britain. I know

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that this and the other reasons Britain took such a decision is not

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always well understood among our friends and allies in Europe, and I

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know many fear that this might herald the beginning of the great

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unravelling of the EU. But let me be clear, I do not want that to happen.

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It would not be in the best interests of Britain, it remains

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overwhelmingly and compellingly in Britain's national interest that the

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EU should succeed. That is why I hope, in the months and years ahead,

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we will all reflect on the lessons of Britain's decision to leave. So

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let me take this opportunity to set out the reasons for our decision and

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to address the people of Europe directly.

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It's not simply because our history and culture is profoundly

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internationalist, important though that is. Many in Britain have always

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felt that the United Kingdom's place in the European Union came at the

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expense of our global ties and a boulder embrace of free trade with

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the wider world. There are other important reasons, too. Our

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political traditions are different. Unlike other European countries, we

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have no written constitution, but the principle of Parliamentary

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sovereignty is the basis of our unwritten constitutional settlement.

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We have only a recent history of devolved government, though it has

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rapidly embedded itself. We have little history of coalition

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government. The public expect to be able to hold their governments to

:25:34.:25:40.

account very directly. As a result, supranational institutions as strong

:25:41.:25:45.

as those created by the European Union, sit very uneasily in relation

:25:46.:25:48.

to our political history and way of life. And while I know Britain might

:25:49.:25:54.

at times has been seen as an awkward member state, the European Union has

:25:55.:25:58.

struggled to deal with the diversity of its member countries and their

:25:59.:26:03.

interests. It bends towards uniformity, not flexibility. David

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Cameron's negotiation was a valiant final attempt to make it work for

:26:10.:26:14.

Britain. And I want to thank all those elsewhere in Europe who helped

:26:15.:26:19.

him to reach an agreement, but the blunt truth, as we know, is that

:26:20.:26:24.

there was not enough flexibility on many important matters for a

:26:25.:26:28.

majority of British voters. I do not believe that these things apply

:26:29.:26:33.

uniquely to Britain. Britain is not the only member state where there is

:26:34.:26:37.

a strong attachment to an accountable and democratic

:26:38.:26:39.

government, such a strong internationalist mindset or a belief

:26:40.:26:43.

diversity within Europe should be celebrated. So I believe there is a

:26:44.:26:47.

lesson in Brexit, not just for Britain, but, if it wants to

:26:48.:26:52.

succeed, for the EU itself, because our continent's great strength has

:26:53.:26:56.

always been its diversity. There two of dealing with different interests.

:26:57.:27:02.

You can respond by trying to hold things together by force, tightening

:27:03.:27:07.

vice like grip that ends up crashing into tiny pieces the very things you

:27:08.:27:11.

want to protect, or you can respect difference, cherish it even come and

:27:12.:27:15.

reform the EU so it deals better with the wonderful diversity of its

:27:16.:27:19.

member states. So to our friends across Europe, let

:27:20.:27:24.

me say this: our vote to leave the European Union was no rejection of

:27:25.:27:30.

the values we share. The decision to leave the EU represents no desire to

:27:31.:27:33.

become more distant to you, our friends and neighbours. It was no

:27:34.:27:39.

attempt to do harm to the EU itself or to any of its remaining member

:27:40.:27:43.

states. We do not want to turn the clock back to the days when Europe

:27:44.:27:47.

was less peaceful, less secure and less able to trade freely. It was a

:27:48.:27:56.

vote to restore, as we see it, our Parliamentary democracy, national

:27:57.:28:00.

self-determination and to become even more global and

:28:01.:28:03.

internationalist in action and in spirit. We will continue to be

:28:04.:28:08.

reliable partners, willing allies and close friends. We want to buy

:28:09.:28:12.

your goods and services, cellular hours, trade with you as freely as

:28:13.:28:16.

possible and work with one another to make sure we are all safer, more

:28:17.:28:22.

secure and more prosperous through continued friendship. You will still

:28:23.:28:25.

be welcome in this country, as we hope our citizens will be welcoming

:28:26.:28:30.

yours. At a time when together we face a serious threat from our

:28:31.:28:34.

enemies, Britain's unique intelligence capabilities will

:28:35.:28:39.

continue to help to keep people in Europe safe from terrorism. And at a

:28:40.:28:43.

time when there is growing concern about European security, Britain's

:28:44.:28:48.

service men and women based in European countries, including

:28:49.:28:51.

Estonia, Poland and Romania, will continue to do their duty. We are

:28:52.:28:56.

leaving the European Union, but we are not leaving Europe. And that is

:28:57.:29:04.

why we seek a new and equal partnership between an independent,

:29:05.:29:08.

self-governing, global Britain and our friends and allies in the EU.

:29:09.:29:12.

Not partial membership of the European Union, associate membership

:29:13.:29:18.

of the European Union or anything that leads us half in and half out.

:29:19.:29:23.

We do not seek to adopt a model already enjoyed by other countries.

:29:24.:29:29.

We do not seek to hold onto bits of membership as we leave. No, the

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United Kingdom is leaving the European Union, and my job is to get

:29:33.:29:40.

the right deal for Britain as we do. So today, I want to outline our

:29:41.:29:44.

objectives for the negotiation ahead. 12 objectives that amount to

:29:45.:29:53.

one big goal, a new, positive and constructive partnership between

:29:54.:29:59.

Britain and the European Union. And as we negotiate that partnership, we

:30:00.:30:03.

will be driven by some simple principles. We will provide as much

:30:04.:30:08.

certainty and clarity as they can at every stage and we will take this

:30:09.:30:13.

opportunity to make Britain stronger, to make Britain fairer and

:30:14.:30:14.

to build a more global Britain. The first objective is crucial, we

:30:15.:30:24.

will provide certainty whenever we can. We are about to enter a

:30:25.:30:29.

negotiation, that means there will be give and take, there will have to

:30:30.:30:35.

be compromises, it will require imagination on both sides. Not

:30:36.:30:40.

everybody will be able to know everything at every stage. But I

:30:41.:30:45.

recognise how important it is to provide business, the public sector

:30:46.:30:49.

and everybody with as much certainty as possible as we move through the

:30:50.:30:55.

process. So, where we can offer that certainty, we will do so.

:30:56.:31:04.

That is why last year we acted quickly to give clarity about farm

:31:05.:31:06.

payments and university funding, why is be repealed the European

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Community is that we will convert the body of existing EU thought into

:31:12.:31:16.

British law to give the country maximum certainty as we leave the

:31:17.:31:22.

EU. The same rules and laws will apply on the day after Brexit as

:31:23.:31:27.

before. It will be for the British Parliament to decide on any changes

:31:28.:31:33.

to that law after full scrutiny and proper Parliamentary debate. When it

:31:34.:31:51.

comes to Parliament, there is one of the way I would like to provide

:31:52.:31:53.

certainty and I can confirm today the Government will broker the final

:31:54.:31:53.

deal, put the final deal before Parliament before it comes into

:31:54.:31:55.

force. Our second guiding principle is to

:31:56.:31:58.

build a stronger Britain. That means taking control of our own

:31:59.:32:04.

affairs, as those who voted in them is to leave demanded we must. We

:32:05.:32:09.

will take back control of our laws and bring an end to the jurisdiction

:32:10.:32:13.

of the European Court of Justice in Britain. Leaving the EU will mean

:32:14.:32:19.

our laws will be made in Westminster, Edinburgh, Cardiff and

:32:20.:32:23.

Belfast. Those laws will be interpreted by a judge is not in

:32:24.:32:26.

Luxembourg but in courts across this country. Because we will not have

:32:27.:32:32.

truly left the EU if we are not in control of our laws.

:32:33.:32:38.

A stronger Britain demands we do something else. Strengthen the

:32:39.:32:41.

precious union between the four nations of the UK. At this momentous

:32:42.:32:48.

time, it is more important than ever we face the future together. United

:32:49.:32:55.

by what makes us strong. The bond that unites us as a people and

:32:56.:33:00.

Arshad -- our shared interest in the UK being a successful trading nation

:33:01.:33:05.

in future. I hope that same spirit of unity will apply in Northern

:33:06.:33:10.

Ireland over the coming months in the Assembly elections, and the main

:33:11.:33:14.

parties that will work together to re-establish a partnership

:33:15.:33:19.

Government as soon as possible. Foreign affairs are the

:33:20.:33:23.

responsibility of the UK Government and we act in the interests of all

:33:24.:33:30.

parts of the UK. As Prime Minister I take that responsibility seriously.

:33:31.:33:35.

I have also been determined from the start the devolved administrations

:33:36.:33:39.

should be fully engaged in this process. That is why the Government

:33:40.:33:44.

has set up a joint ministerial committee on EU negotiations so

:33:45.:33:48.

ministers from each of the devolved and restrictions in the UK can

:33:49.:33:51.

contribute to the process of planning for our departure from the

:33:52.:33:56.

EU. We have received a paper from the Scottish Government and look

:33:57.:34:00.

forward to receiving a paper from the Welsh Government shortly. Both

:34:01.:34:04.

papers will be considered as part of this important process.

:34:05.:34:09.

We won't agree on everything but I look forward to working with the

:34:10.:34:14.

administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to deliver a

:34:15.:34:17.

Brexit that works for the whole of the UK. Part of that will mean

:34:18.:34:23.

working very carefully to ensure that as powers are repatriated from

:34:24.:34:28.

Brussels back to Britain, the right powers are returned to Westminster

:34:29.:34:32.

and the right powers are passed to the devolved administrations of

:34:33.:34:35.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

:34:36.:34:39.

As we do so, our guiding principle must be to ensure as we leave the

:34:40.:34:45.

European Union no new barriers to living and doing business within our

:34:46.:34:48.

own unions are created. That means maintaining the necessary

:34:49.:34:53.

come on standards and frameworks for our domestic market, empowering the

:34:54.:34:59.

UK as an open trading nation, to strike the best trade deals around

:35:00.:35:03.

the world and protecting the common resources of our islands. As we do

:35:04.:35:08.

this I should be clear no decision is currently taken by the devolved

:35:09.:35:11.

demonstrations will be removed from them. We cannot forget that as we

:35:12.:35:19.

leave, the UK will share a land border with the EU and maintaining

:35:20.:35:23.

that common travel area with the Republic of Ireland will be an

:35:24.:35:27.

important priority for the UK in the talks ahead. There has been a common

:35:28.:35:33.

travel area between the UK and the Republic of Ireland for many years.

:35:34.:35:37.

It was formed before either of our two countries by members of the EU.

:35:38.:35:43.

The family ties and bonds of affection that unite our two

:35:44.:35:47.

countries means there will always be a special relationship between us.

:35:48.:35:52.

We will work to deliver a practical solution that allows the maintenance

:35:53.:35:55.

of the Common travel area with the Republic while protecting the

:35:56.:36:00.

integrity of the UK's immigration system. Nobody wants to return to

:36:01.:36:05.

the borders of the past so we will make it a priority to deliver a

:36:06.:36:09.

practical solution as soon as we can.

:36:10.:36:15.

The third principle is to build a fairer written. That means ensuring

:36:16.:36:19.

it is fair to everyone who lives and works in this country. That is why

:36:20.:36:24.

we will ensure we can control immigration to Britain from Europe.

:36:25.:36:28.

We will continue to attract the brightest and best.

:36:29.:36:42.

So our immigration system serves the national interest.

:36:43.:36:47.

So we will get control of the number of people coming to Britain from the

:36:48.:36:54.

EU. Because, well controlled immigration can bring great

:36:55.:36:58.

benefits, filling skills shortages, delivering public services, making

:36:59.:37:01.

British business is the world beaters they often are. When the

:37:02.:37:05.

numbers get too high, public support for the system fault is. In the last

:37:06.:37:12.

decade we have seen record levels of net migration in Britain and that

:37:13.:37:17.

volume has put pressure on public services like schools, stretched our

:37:18.:37:20.

infrastructure especially housing, put a downward pressure on wages for

:37:21.:37:25.

working class people. As Home Secretary for six years I know you

:37:26.:37:28.

cannot control immigration overall when there is free movement to

:37:29.:37:34.

Britain from Europe. Britain is an open and tolerant country, we will

:37:35.:37:38.

always want immigration especially high skilled immigration,

:37:39.:37:43.

immigration from Europe, and always welcome individual migrants as

:37:44.:37:48.

friends. The message from the public before and during the referendum

:37:49.:37:52.

campaign was clear. Brexit must mean control of the number of people who

:37:53.:37:57.

come to Britain from Europe and that is what we will deliver.

:37:58.:38:02.

Fairness demands we deal with another issue as soon as possible.

:38:03.:38:08.

We want to guarantee the rights of EU citizens who are already living

:38:09.:38:12.

in Britain and the rights of British nationals in other member states as

:38:13.:38:16.

early as we can. I have told other EU leaders we

:38:17.:38:19.

could give people the certainty they want straightaway and reach a deal

:38:20.:38:26.

now. Many favour such an agreement, others do not. I want everyone to

:38:27.:38:31.

know it remains an important priority for Britain and for many

:38:32.:38:36.

other member states to resolve this challenge as soon as possible

:38:37.:38:39.

because it is the right and fair thing to do.

:38:40.:38:45.

And a fairer Britain is a country that protects and enhances the

:38:46.:38:49.

rights people have at work. That is why it is we translate the body of

:38:50.:38:54.

European law into our domestic regulations we will ensure that

:38:55.:38:58.

workers' rights are fully protected and maintained. Indeed, under my

:38:59.:39:03.

leadership not only will the Government protect the rights of

:39:04.:39:06.

workers set out in Europe in education, we will build on them

:39:07.:39:09.

because under this Conservative Government, we will make sure legal

:39:10.:39:13.

protection for workers keeps pace with the change in Labour market and

:39:14.:39:17.

the voices of workers are heard by the boards of public and listed

:39:18.:39:24.

companies for the first time. The great price for this country,

:39:25.:39:28.

the opportunity ahead, is to use this moment to build a truly global

:39:29.:39:34.

Britain, a country that reaches out to old friends and new allies alike,

:39:35.:39:40.

a great global trading nation, and one of the firmest advocates for

:39:41.:39:45.

free trade anywhere in the world. That starts with our close friends

:39:46.:39:50.

and neighbours in Europe. As a priority, we will pursue a bold and

:39:51.:39:53.

ambitious free trade agreement with the European Union. This agreement

:39:54.:40:00.

should allow for the freest possible trade in goods and services between

:40:01.:40:05.

Britain and the EU member states. It should give British companies the

:40:06.:40:10.

maximum freedom to trade with and operate within European markets, and

:40:11.:40:14.

let European businesses do the same in Britain. But I want to be clear.

:40:15.:40:21.

What I am proposing cannot mean membership of the single market.

:40:22.:40:26.

European leaders have said many times that membership means

:40:27.:40:33.

accepting the four freedoms of goods, capital, services and people.

:40:34.:40:38.

And being out of the EU but a member of the single market would mean

:40:39.:40:43.

Compline with the EU rules and regulations that implement those

:40:44.:40:46.

freedoms without having a vote on what those rules and regulations

:40:47.:40:49.

are. It would mean accepting a role in

:40:50.:40:55.

the ECJ that would see it having direct legal authority in our

:40:56.:41:01.

country. It would to all intents and purposes mean not leaving the EU at

:41:02.:41:06.

all. That is why both sides in the

:41:07.:41:10.

referendum campaign made it clear that a vote to leave the EU would be

:41:11.:41:15.

a vote to leave the single market. We do not seek membership of the

:41:16.:41:22.

single market. Instead we seek the greatest possible access to it

:41:23.:41:26.

through a new, competitive, bold and ambitious free trade agreement.

:41:27.:41:32.

That agreement they take in elements of current single market

:41:33.:41:36.

arrangements in certain areas, the export of cars and lorries, the

:41:37.:41:39.

freedom to provide financial services across national borders. It

:41:40.:41:44.

makes no sense to start again from scratch when Britain and the many

:41:45.:41:50.

other states have did to the same rules for many years.

:41:51.:41:53.

I respect the position taken by European leaders who have been clear

:41:54.:41:57.

about their position because I am care about mine.

:41:58.:42:02.

And important part of the new strategic partnership we seek with

:42:03.:42:06.

the EU will be the pursuit of the greatest possible access to the

:42:07.:42:10.

single market, on a fully reciprocal basis, through a competitive free

:42:11.:42:14.

trade agreement. Because we will no longer be members

:42:15.:42:20.

of the single market, we will not be required to contribute huge sums to

:42:21.:42:23.

the EU budget. There may be some specific European

:42:24.:42:27.

programmes in which we might want to participate. If so, this will be for

:42:28.:42:32.

us to decide, it is reasonable we should make an appropriate

:42:33.:42:34.

contribution. The principle is clear. The days of

:42:35.:42:39.

Britain making vast contributions to the EU every year will end.

:42:40.:42:46.

But it is not just trade with the EU we should be interested in.

:42:47.:42:51.

A global Britain must be free to strike trade agreements with

:42:52.:42:57.

countries from outside the EU. Important though our trade with the

:42:58.:43:02.

EU is and will remain, it is clear the UK needs to increase

:43:03.:43:06.

significantly its trade with the fastest-growing export markets in

:43:07.:43:09.

the world. Since joining the EU, trade as a

:43:10.:43:14.

percentage of GDP has broadly stagnated in the UK. That is why it

:43:15.:43:21.

is time for Britain to get out into the world and we discover its role

:43:22.:43:26.

as a great global trading nation. This is such a priority for me that

:43:27.:43:31.

when I became Prime Minister I established for the first time a

:43:32.:43:34.

Department for International trade led by Liam Fox.

:43:35.:43:41.

We want to get out into the wider world, to trade and do business all

:43:42.:43:45.

around the globe. Countries including China, the Gulf states

:43:46.:43:51.

have already expressed interest in trade deals. We have studied

:43:52.:43:55.

discussions on ties with countries like Australia, and India.

:43:56.:44:00.

President-elect John has said Britain is not at the back of the

:44:01.:44:03.

queue for a trade deal with the United States, the world's biggest

:44:04.:44:09.

economy, but front of the line. I know my emphasis on striking trade

:44:10.:44:13.

agreements with countries outside Europe has led to questions about

:44:14.:44:17.

whether Britain seeks to remain a member of the customs union. It is

:44:18.:44:23.

true full customs union Premiership prevents us from negotiating our own

:44:24.:44:31.

competitive trade deals. Grzegorz Krychowiak collection at the customs

:44:32.:44:35.

union prevents us. I also want cross-border trade with

:44:36.:44:42.

EU to be as frictionless as possible.

:44:43.:44:45.

I do not want Britain to be part of the common commercial policy. These

:44:46.:44:51.

are the elements of the customs union that prevent us from striking

:44:52.:44:55.

our own competitive trade agreements with other countries. I want us to

:44:56.:45:02.

have a customs agreement with the EU. Whether that means we must reach

:45:03.:45:07.

a completely new customs agreement, become an associate member in some

:45:08.:45:13.

way or made a signatory to some elements, I hold no preconceived

:45:14.:45:16.

position. I have an open mind on how we do it, it is not the means that

:45:17.:45:20.

matter but the ends. Those ends up here. I want to remove as many

:45:21.:45:27.

barriers to trade as possible and I want Britain to be free to establish

:45:28.:45:33.

our own tariff schedules at the WTO. Meaning we can reach new trade

:45:34.:45:38.

agreements not just with the EU but with old friends and new allies.

:45:39.:45:45.

A global Britain must also be a country that looks to the future.

:45:46.:45:52.

That means being one of the best places in the world for science and

:45:53.:45:56.

innovation. One of our great strengths as a

:45:57.:46:01.

nation is the breadth and depth of our academic and scientific

:46:02.:46:05.

communities, backed up by some of the world's best universities and we

:46:06.:46:10.

have a proud history of leading and supporting cutting edge research and

:46:11.:46:15.

innovation. So we will also welcome agreement to continue to collaborate

:46:16.:46:21.

with our European partners on major science, research and technology

:46:22.:46:24.

initiatives. From space exploration to clean energy to medical

:46:25.:46:29.

technologies, Britain will remain at the forefront of collective

:46:30.:46:32.

endeavours to better understand and make better the world in which we

:46:33.:46:37.

live. And a global Britain will continue

:46:38.:46:43.

to cooperate with its European partners in important areas such as

:46:44.:46:46.

crime, terrorism and foreign affairs.

:46:47.:46:50.

All of us in Europe face the challenge of cross-border crime, a

:46:51.:46:59.

deadly terrorist threat and the dangers presented by hostile states.

:47:00.:47:06.

All of us share interests and values in common. Values we want to see

:47:07.:47:11.

projected around the world. With the threats to our common security

:47:12.:47:15.

becoming more serious, our response cannot be to cooperate with one

:47:16.:47:19.

another less, but to work together more. I therefore want our future

:47:20.:47:25.

relationship with the European Union to include practical arrangements on

:47:26.:47:29.

matters of law enforcement and the sharing of intelligence material

:47:30.:47:34.

with our EU allies. I'm proud of the role Britain has played and will

:47:35.:47:38.

continue to play in promoting your's security. Britain has led Europe on

:47:39.:47:43.

the measures needed to keep our continent secure, whether it is

:47:44.:47:46.

implementing sanctions against Russia following its action in

:47:47.:47:50.

Crimea, working for peace and stability in the Balkans or securing

:47:51.:47:55.

your's external border. We will continue to work closely with our

:47:56.:47:59.

European allies in foreign and defence policy, even as we leave the

:48:00.:48:05.

EU itself. These are our objectives for the

:48:06.:48:09.

negotiation ahead, objectives that will help to realise our ambition of

:48:10.:48:14.

shaping that stronger, fairer, global Britain that we want to see.

:48:15.:48:19.

They are the basis for a new, strong, constructive partnership

:48:20.:48:23.

with the European Union. A partnership of friends and allies,

:48:24.:48:28.

interests and values, a partnership for a strong EU and a strong UK. But

:48:29.:48:33.

there is one further objective we are setting. For as I have said

:48:34.:48:39.

before, it is in no 1's interests for there to be a cliff edge for

:48:40.:48:44.

business or a threat to stability as we change from our existing

:48:45.:48:47.

relationship to a new partnership with the EU. By this I do not mean

:48:48.:48:53.

that we will seek some form of unlimited transitional status in

:48:54.:48:55.

which we find ourselves stuck forever in some kind of permanent

:48:56.:48:59.

political purgatory, that would not be good for Britain, but nor do I

:49:00.:49:04.

believe it would be good for the EU. Instead, I want us to have reached

:49:05.:49:09.

an agreement about our future partnership by the time the two year

:49:10.:49:13.

Article 50 process has concluded. From that point onwards we believe a

:49:14.:49:20.

phased process of implementation, in which both Britain and the EU

:49:21.:49:23.

institutions and member states prepare for the new arrangements

:49:24.:49:28.

that will exist between us, we'll be in our mutual self-interest. This

:49:29.:49:32.

will give businesses enough time to plan and prepare for those new

:49:33.:49:37.

arrangements. This might be about our immigration controls, custom

:49:38.:49:41.

systems all the way in which we cooperate on criminal justice

:49:42.:49:47.

matters or about the future legal framework for financial services.

:49:48.:49:50.

The time we need to phase in the new arrangements may differ. Some might

:49:51.:49:53.

be introduced very quickly, some might take longer and the interim

:49:54.:49:57.

arrangements we rely on are likely to be a matter of negotiation. But

:49:58.:50:04.

the purpose is clear. We will seek to avoid disruptive cliff edge. We

:50:05.:50:09.

will do everything we can to phase in the new arrangements we require

:50:10.:50:13.

as Britain and the EU move towards new partnership.

:50:14.:50:21.

So these are the objectives we have set. Certainty where ever possible,

:50:22.:50:27.

control of our own laws, strengthening uniting Kington,

:50:28.:50:31.

maintaining the common travel area with Ireland, control of

:50:32.:50:36.

immigration, writes the EU nationals, enhancing rights for

:50:37.:50:40.

workers, free trade with European markets, new trade agreements with

:50:41.:50:44.

other countries, a leading role in science and innovation, cooperation

:50:45.:50:48.

on crime, terrorism and foreign affairs and a phased approach,

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delivering a smooth and orderly Brexit. This is the framework of a

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deal that will herald a new partnership between the UK and the

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EU. It is a comprehensive and carefully considered plan that

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focuses on the ends not just the means, with its eyes fixed firmly on

:51:09.:51:12.

the future and on the kind of country we will be once we leave. It

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reflects the hard work of many in this room today, who have worked

:51:19.:51:22.

tirelessly to bring it together and to prepare this country for the

:51:23.:51:28.

negotiations ahead. And it will, I know, be debated and discussed at

:51:29.:51:33.

length, that is only right, but those who urge us to reveal more,

:51:34.:51:39.

such as the blow by blow details of our negotiating strategy, the areas

:51:40.:51:43.

in which we might compromise, the places we think there are potential

:51:44.:51:47.

trade-offs, will not be acting in the national interest. Because this

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is not a gamer or a time for opposition for opposition's sake, it

:51:54.:51:58.

is a crucial and sensitive negotiation that will define the

:51:59.:52:02.

interests and success of our country for many years to come. And it is

:52:03.:52:08.

vital that we maintain our discipline. That is why I've said

:52:09.:52:12.

before and will continue to say, that every stray word and every

:52:13.:52:16.

hyped up media report is going to make it harder for us to get the

:52:17.:52:20.

right deal for Britain. Our opposite numbers in the European Commission

:52:21.:52:24.

know it, which is why they are keeping their discipline. The

:52:25.:52:30.

ministers and government know it, which is why we will also maintain

:52:31.:52:33.

hours. So however frustrating some people find it, the government will

:52:34.:52:36.

not be pressured into saying more than I believe it is in our national

:52:37.:52:43.

interest to say, because it's not my job to fill column inches with daily

:52:44.:52:47.

updates, but to get the right deal for Britain, and that is what I

:52:48.:52:54.

intend to do. I am confident that a deal and a new

:52:55.:52:58.

strategic partnership between the UK and EU be achieved. This is firstly

:52:59.:53:04.

because having held conversations with almost every leader from every

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single EU member state, having spent time talking to the senior figures

:53:10.:53:14.

from the European institutions, including President Donna Tartt,

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Jean-Claude Juncker and after my colleagues have done the same, I am

:53:19.:53:26.

confident that the vast majority want a positive relationship between

:53:27.:53:31.

the UK and the EU after Brexit, and I am confident that the objectives

:53:32.:53:35.

I'm setting out today are consistent with the needs of the EU and its

:53:36.:53:42.

member states. That's why our objectives include a proposed free

:53:43.:53:46.

trade agreement between Britain and the European Union and explicitly

:53:47.:53:50.

rule out membership of the EU single market. Because when the EU's

:53:51.:53:54.

leaders say they believe the four freedoms of the market are

:53:55.:54:00.

indivisible, we respect that. Whether 27 member states say they

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want to continue their journey inside the European Union, we not

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only respect that fact but support it, because we do not want to

:54:11.:54:14.

undermine single market and we do not want to undermine the European

:54:15.:54:19.

Union. We want the EU to be a success, and we want its remaining

:54:20.:54:24.

member states to prosper. And, of course, we want the same for

:54:25.:54:28.

Britain. And the second reason I believe it

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is possible to reach a good deal is that the kind of agreement I have

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described today is the economic li rational thing that both Britain and

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the EU should aim for. Because trade is not a 0-sum game. Moreover it

:54:45.:54:50.

makes us all more prosperous. Free trade between Britain and the

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European Union means more trade, more trade means more jobs and more

:54:55.:54:59.

wealth creation. The erection of new barriers to trade, meanwhile, means

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the reverse. Less trade, fewer jobs, growth.

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The third and final reason I believe we can come to the right agreement,

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is that cooperation between Britain and the EU is needed not just when

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it comes to trade, but when it comes to our security, too. Britain and

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France are your's only two nuclear powers. We are the only two European

:55:24.:55:28.

countries with permanent seats on the United Nations Security Council.

:55:29.:55:33.

Britain's Armed Forces are a crucial part of your's collective defence

:55:34.:55:37.

and our intelligence capabilities unique in Europe, have already saved

:55:38.:55:41.

countless lives and very many terrorist plots that have been

:55:42.:55:44.

thwarted in countries across our continent. After Brexit, Britain

:55:45.:55:52.

wants to be a good friend and neighbour in every way, and that

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includes defending the safety and security of all of our citizens. So

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I believe the framework I've outlined today is in Britain's

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interests. It is in your's interests and is in the interests of the wider

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world. But I must be clear, Britain wants to remain a good friend and

:56:10.:56:13.

neighbour to Europe. Yet I know there are some voices calling for a

:56:14.:56:18.

punitive deal, that punishes Britain and discourages other countries from

:56:19.:56:22.

taking the same path. That would be an active calamitous self harm for

:56:23.:56:27.

the countries of Europe and it would not be the act of a friend. Britain

:56:28.:56:33.

would not, indeed we could not, accept such an approach. And while I

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am confident that this scenario need never arise, while I am sure a

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positive agreement can be reached, I am equally clear that no deal for

:56:45.:56:48.

Britain is better than a bad deal for Britain. Because we would still

:56:49.:56:53.

be able to trade with Europe. Would still be free to and strike trade

:56:54.:56:58.

deals across the world and we would have the freedom to set the

:56:59.:57:01.

competitive tax rates and embrace the policies that would attract the

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world's Best companies and biggest investors to Britain.

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And, if we were excluded from accessing the single market, we will

:57:10.:57:14.

be free to change the basis of Britain's economic model. But for

:57:15.:57:18.

the EU, it would mean new barriers to trade with one of the biggest

:57:19.:57:22.

economies in the world. It would jeopardise investments in Britain by

:57:23.:57:31.

EU companies worth more than half a loss of access for European firms to

:57:32.:57:34.

the financial services of the City of London. It would risk exports

:57:35.:57:37.

from the EU to Britain worth ?290 billion every year and it would

:57:38.:57:43.

disrupt the sophisticated and integrated supply chains upon which

:57:44.:57:48.

many EU companies rely. Important sectors of the EU economy would also

:57:49.:57:52.

suffer. There are crucial profitable export market for the automobile

:57:53.:58:00.

industry as well as energy, food and drink, chemicals, pharmaceuticals

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and agriculture. The sectors employ millions around Europe. I don't

:58:05.:58:08.

believe the EU's leaders will seriously tell German exporters,

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French farmers, Spanish fishermen, the young unemployed of the Eurozone

:58:12.:58:15.

and millions of others that they want to make the poorer just to

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punish Britain and make a political point. For all these reasons. And

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because of our shared values and the spirit of goodwill that exists on

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both sides, I am confident that we will follow a better path. I am

:58:29.:58:35.

confident a positive agreement can be reached. It's right that the

:58:36.:58:38.

government should prepare for every eventuality, but to do so in the

:58:39.:58:42.

knowledge that a constructive and optimistic approach to the

:58:43.:58:45.

negotiations to come is in the best interest of Europe and the best

:58:46.:58:50.

interests of Britain. We do not approach these

:58:51.:58:54.

negotiations expecting failure but anticipating success. Because we are

:58:55.:58:58.

a great global nation with so much to offer Europe and so much to offer

:58:59.:59:03.

the world. One of the world's largest and strongest economies,

:59:04.:59:07.

with the finest intelligence services, the bravest Armed Forces,

:59:08.:59:12.

the most effective hard soft power and friendships, partnerships and

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alliances in every continent. And another thing that's important, the

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essential ingredient of our success... The strength and support

:59:22.:59:27.

of 65 million people willing us to make it happen. Because after all

:59:28.:59:31.

the division and discord, the country is coming together. The

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referendum was divisive at times, and those divisions have taken time

:59:37.:59:43.

to heal, but one of the reasons that Britain's democracy has been such a

:59:44.:59:46.

success for so many years, is that the strength of our identity as one

:59:47.:59:51.

nation, the respect we show to one another as fellow citizens, and the

:59:52.:59:56.

importance we attach to our institutions means that when a vote

:59:57.:59:59.

has been held, we all respect the result. The victors have the

:00:00.:00:06.

responsibility to act magnanimously, the losers have the responsibility

:00:07.:00:10.

to respect the legitimacy of the outcome and the country comes

:00:11.:00:14.

together. And that is what we are seeing today.

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Business isn't calling to reverse the result but make a success of it.

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The House Of Commons has voted for us to get on with it. The

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overwhelming majority of people however they voted want us to get on

:00:30.:00:35.

with it as well. So that is what we will do. Not merely forming a new

:00:36.:00:41.

partnership with Europe but building a stronger, fairer, more global

:00:42.:00:47.

Britain. Let that be the legacy of our time. The prize towards which we

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work, the destination at which we arrive once the negotiation is done.

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Let us not do it for ourselves but for those who follow, for the

:00:59.:01:02.

countries children and grandchildren as well. So that when future

:01:03.:01:07.

generations look back at this time, they will judge us not only by the

:01:08.:01:12.

decision we made but by what we made of that decision.

:01:13.:01:17.

They will see that we shaped them a brighter future, they will know that

:01:18.:01:22.

we built them a better Britain. Thank you.

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Theresa May speaking for nearly 45 minutes, setting out her priorities

:01:31.:01:38.

in what was a frank and wide ranging speech. She made clear what to some

:01:39.:01:44.

extent we have all known, which is that UK cannot remain a member of

:01:45.:01:48.

the single market because she said the UK would happen to accept the

:01:49.:01:55.

EU's four key freedoms. She went on to say and expectedly there would

:01:56.:01:59.

not be full membership of the customs union, people thought she

:02:00.:02:03.

would not be as clear as she was because that would she said prevent

:02:04.:02:07.

striking our own free trade deals which was the backdrop for this

:02:08.:02:13.

speech, the title behind her head of global Britain, she talked a lot

:02:14.:02:18.

about free trade, being an outward looking country but that would

:02:19.:02:30.

preclude of the customs union. She did say full ownership and there

:02:31.:02:34.

will be a lot of detail about whether there will be a partial

:02:35.:02:37.

membership of the customs union for certain sectors.

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She did say she wanted the greatest possible access. She said the days

:02:44.:02:48.

of making vast contributions to the EU coffers were over. That did not

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roll out making some contribution. David Davis did not rule that out,

:02:56.:03:00.

particularly again if you wanted certain arrangements for certain

:03:01.:03:02.

sectors. She said we might want to stay part

:03:03.:03:09.

of some of the EU programmes. She talked about transitional

:03:10.:03:14.

arrangements, to avoid what she called a cliff edge in 2019.

:03:15.:03:23.

She also said this wasn't a time for the opposition to oppose what the

:03:24.:03:27.

Government was proposing for the sake of opposition. She said it was

:03:28.:03:32.

vital to maintain discipline. She promised a Parliamentary vote on

:03:33.:03:37.

the deal that her Government actually comes back to Parliament

:03:38.:03:43.

with, at the end of the negotiations on the deal to leave the EU.

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campaigner and former Cabinet Minister Theresa Villiers.

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And the Shadow International Trade Secretary Barry Gardiner.

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Your response to the speech? Have you got what you wanted? It is

:03:55.:04:03.

a great speech. I feel quite emotional. This is

:04:04.:04:10.

another big step towards becoming an independent country again, the

:04:11.:04:13.

confirmation we are leaving the internal market, the reiteration we

:04:14.:04:18.

are going to take back control of making our own laws, interspersed

:04:19.:04:22.

with a sensible pragmatism about phased implementation.

:04:23.:04:31.

A welcome speech. Except if the EU and other member states do not quite

:04:32.:04:34.

give Theresa May and her Government what they want in terms of that

:04:35.:04:38.

crucial free trade deal with the rest of Europe?

:04:39.:04:42.

The prime Minster spoke in tough terms. It is very clear it is in the

:04:43.:04:50.

interests of both sides to reach a sensible accommodation on trade and

:04:51.:04:54.

ash she pointed out it would be Europe acting against its own

:04:55.:04:59.

interest to punish us. The effect leaves them poorer particularly our

:05:00.:05:04.

nearest neighbour in Ireland. It was right to send that message. I

:05:05.:05:09.

hope the EU sees sense. Even if they don't give us a trade deal, then we

:05:10.:05:16.

trade on most favoured nation status under WTO rules, other countries do

:05:17.:05:19.

more business with you on that basis.

:05:20.:05:22.

She said she would not like the UK to fall off a fifth edge you can

:05:23.:05:28.

play and would like a transitional arrangement.

:05:29.:05:30.

We are out of the single market which is not what Labour wanted. And

:05:31.:05:36.

out as full members of the customs union visibly because otherwise we

:05:37.:05:40.

would not be able to do the free trade deals she wants us to do.

:05:41.:05:46.

That appears to be the case. I want to welcome one central aspect of the

:05:47.:05:52.

speech, she has committed to two votes in Parliament, one in the

:05:53.:05:56.

House Of Commons, and in the House Of Lords also. I am delighted she

:05:57.:06:01.

has made that concession. It was not on the cards if you months.

:06:02.:06:06.

Ago When she talks about frictionless access into European

:06:07.:06:12.

markets, we have to look at what this new free trade agreement

:06:13.:06:17.

arrangement with the EU is that she is proposing. Frictionless access

:06:18.:06:22.

means you would have to have a harmonisation or a recognition of

:06:23.:06:27.

the equivalents of these standards and regulations in each of the

:06:28.:06:32.

countries. That is possible? It is possible but

:06:33.:06:37.

it means we are still accepting the regulations placed by Brussels. That

:06:38.:06:49.

goes against what she spoke of, that Parliamentary Roxy and

:06:50.:06:53.

self-determination being the key messages.

:06:54.:06:57.

On the issue of a vote at the end of the deal, let us assume there is a

:06:58.:07:02.

deal to put to Parliament, is there any scenario under which you can see

:07:03.:07:07.

Labour voting that down? Look, we want to respect the will of

:07:08.:07:11.

the British people we come out of the EU.

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And we need, and the Prime Minister was right to say this is not a time

:07:16.:07:20.

for opposition for opposition's sake. It is time for the opposition

:07:21.:07:26.

to do what we should do which is to oppose the Government in the

:07:27.:07:29.

interests of the British people. If you thought it was a bad deal

:07:30.:07:34.

would you vote it down? If we think it is the wrong deal, it

:07:35.:07:40.

it has about making Britain poorer, and sacrificed jobs instead of

:07:41.:07:45.

creating jobs, of course it would be our obligation at that point, and by

:07:46.:07:51.

giving the vote she assumes there is a possibility of the deal being

:07:52.:07:55.

voted down. Both of you staying for this special

:07:56.:08:01.

programme throughout. The Prime Minister is now answering

:08:02.:08:06.

questions from the press. If there are any crucial answers we will of

:08:07.:08:09.

course play Bentiu on this programme.

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We can talk now to Ukip's Deputy Chairman, Suzanne Evans.

:08:13.:08:16.

Were you pleased? I was chuckling, it was channelling Ukip, there were

:08:17.:08:25.

phrases I have used myself. Her 12 priorities were all extremely

:08:26.:08:31.

sound priorities for a proper clean hard Brexit.

:08:32.:08:37.

Overwhelmingly welcome the speech. We don't need Ukip anymore! You are

:08:38.:08:42.

signed up to everything she said. Therefore there really isn't any

:08:43.:08:48.

need for Ukip to stop her falling away from her promises?

:08:49.:08:53.

What the Prime Minister set out today was very sound principles.

:08:54.:08:58.

Remember it is not the Prime Minister who has carte blanche to

:08:59.:09:04.

deliver Brexit. She is surrounded by a strong and influential

:09:05.:09:09.

establishment. The hardline remainders, the Supreme Court, the

:09:10.:09:13.

House Of Lords. She dealt with those issues. I don't

:09:14.:09:18.

think she did in the sense what is she going to do if these people

:09:19.:09:24.

kicked up a fuss? Ukip is still very strong on Brexit, we have to be, to

:09:25.:09:29.

make sure we get the right Brexit. It is still for us a job of holding

:09:30.:09:34.

her feet to the fire. We heard a lot of talk today, it is the right kind

:09:35.:09:41.

of talk, but we still need action. She talked about transitional

:09:42.:09:43.

arrangements. Do you support that idea or is it

:09:44.:09:50.

half in it depends what it looks like?

:09:51.:09:58.

Something as fundamental as the free movement of people, if that is a

:09:59.:10:02.

transitional scheme, we could see higher levels of immigration from

:10:03.:10:06.

the EU than before. What about being a member of certain

:10:07.:10:10.

programmes? Implications we could stay part of security arrangements

:10:11.:10:18.

and under the ECJ for contractual arrangements?

:10:19.:10:24.

That is not acceptable. I was pleased to see Theresa May making it

:10:25.:10:28.

clear Britain was not going to be subject to the power of any European

:10:29.:10:32.

Court. We would if we stay part of Europol.

:10:33.:10:38.

Theresa May made it clear she wants to cooperate over security and is

:10:39.:10:45.

but we are going to be out of the EU. A fundamental principle. I had

:10:46.:10:51.

her say it is about free trade. If we cannot have free trade

:10:52.:10:57.

agreements, that means... She did say that the UK would not

:10:58.:11:02.

sign up to full ownership of the customs union, would you consider

:11:03.:11:06.

that to be still half in half out of the EU? If we were signed up to

:11:07.:11:12.

certain industries to remain part of the customs union, in the way turkey

:11:13.:11:17.

is? It depends what the negotiation

:11:18.:11:20.

looks like. If we were still bits -- a bit in

:11:21.:11:29.

the customs union? To export to that market we will

:11:30.:11:36.

need to meet those standards. That might make that much

:11:37.:11:41.

difference. In terms of contributions to the EU coffers, she

:11:42.:11:45.

rolled out making vast annual contributions to the EU will stop

:11:46.:11:49.

what if there were some contributions, perhaps every other

:11:50.:11:55.

year, would that be acceptable? Let's see what that negotiation

:11:56.:11:59.

looks like? It is arguably fair and reasonable while we are negotiating

:12:00.:12:05.

we still contribute. For me and Ukip we would say there has to be a

:12:06.:12:09.

cut-off point where we have zero contributions to the EU. Again, the

:12:10.:12:15.

direction of travel was very hard line from Theresa May on getting out

:12:16.:12:22.

of the EU. And acre Cilic free one. I was struck by how she made

:12:23.:12:29.

concilatory noises to the EU. -- and a concilatory one.

:12:30.:12:38.

Do you think we will still be half in the EU if we don't fully come out

:12:39.:12:46.

of the customs union? As I said, ultimately, our

:12:47.:12:50.

destination is out of the customs union because I suspect it will come

:12:51.:12:53.

with too many strings attached for it to be reconcilable with a Leave

:12:54.:12:57.

vote. Even if it hits, a fracturing an

:12:58.:13:02.

aerospace who do rely on an extensive supply chain within the EU

:13:03.:13:06.

customs union? But there are many countries around

:13:07.:13:11.

the world who sell more to the EU without being in the customs union?

:13:12.:13:15.

How destructive will it be if they had to prove place of origin for

:13:16.:13:23.

every car and plane? That is what American producers

:13:24.:13:27.

managed to do and they sell vast amounts of products in those

:13:28.:13:34.

industries to the EU. Once -- thousands of lorries pass

:13:35.:13:37.

through countries which have customs barriers without even slowing down.

:13:38.:13:42.

There are technology always to ensure the rules of origin system

:13:43.:13:51.

does not mean a huge bigotry burden. Countries not within the customs

:13:52.:13:55.

union, they have a multitude of free trade deals and banish it.

:13:56.:13:59.

Norway and Switzerland are very different economies from the UK --

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and they manage it. The automotive sector, they don't

:14:07.:14:11.

sell vast amount of cars into the EU most of the cars in the EU off from

:14:12.:14:18.

within the EU. The country of origin rules are critical here because our

:14:19.:14:25.

suppliers who feed into products not just in the automotive sector but

:14:26.:14:28.

products from Europe to third countries outside, will begin to see

:14:29.:14:35.

them if from the supply chain within the next nine months because it is

:14:36.:14:39.

an 18 month supply chain. A serious problem for business. Some

:14:40.:14:46.

more reaction this time from the Government.

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Damian Green was at the Cabinet meeting today and joins me from

:14:50.:14:52.

Lancaster House. You were a remain campaigner before

:14:53.:14:58.

the referendum, now a member of the Government.

:14:59.:15:02.

The Prime Minister said we would not be half half-out, is the UK going to

:15:03.:15:05.

leave fully the customs union? She said we will leave the single

:15:06.:15:15.

market, the customs union is more complex. We will leave the parts of

:15:16.:15:19.

it that stop us signing trade deals with other countries in the world.

:15:20.:15:23.

We've seen a lot of interest in free trade deals with Britain and there

:15:24.:15:27.

are certain parts of the customs union that do that. The Prime

:15:28.:15:31.

Minister made clear other parts of the customs union that we will be

:15:32.:15:35.

negotiating about, that we may wish to stay in. She doesn't have

:15:36.:15:38.

preconceived notions about how we do that. There are parts of the customs

:15:39.:15:49.

union we won't want to stay in because we want to sign free trade

:15:50.:15:52.

deals with other economies around the world. That is an admission that

:15:53.:15:54.

key industries like aerospace manufacturing could be harmed if we

:15:55.:15:56.

came out of the customs union? She made the point that what we want to

:15:57.:16:01.

achieve is near frictionless borders as they can. Clearly there are, as

:16:02.:16:06.

you say, many big important industries, both in this country and

:16:07.:16:10.

in other countries around Europe, that rely on supply chains and other

:16:11.:16:14.

European countries. And we want as few customs barriers as they can, in

:16:15.:16:19.

practical terms, for those. That will be an important part of the

:16:20.:16:23.

negotiations, which illustrates that the best kind of deal is not just

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good for Britain, it's good for other European countries as well.

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Clearly that frictionless trade provides prosperity and jobs in

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other countries. Can you be clear in terms of financial contributions

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that could continue to be made to the EU, it is clear from what she

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said that she is not ruling out all together some financial

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contributions being made, in order for us to have preferential access

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to the single market. Is that right? It wasn't quite that. She said we

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wouldn't make contributions in the traditional sense but there may well

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be individual projects we would want to get involved in. Like? We would

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look... Let's see what's on offer. I don't want to pick individual

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sectors or individual projects now. In those circumstances it may be to

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Britain's advantage to make a financial contribution to a specific

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project. That was a red line for some of the Brexiteers before and

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after the referendum. On that basis, there could be some special

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contributions that are made, in order to have some sort of advantage

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for certain sectors or industries. She said we might want to remain

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part of some EU programmes. That's right as well, is it? That's

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specifically what she was talking about when she said, she wasn't

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talking about sectors, she said there may be specific programmes

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where it would be to Britain's advantage to be part of, that's

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where it may be to our advantage to make contributions. So we are still

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a bit in the EU, in that case. If WHISTLE

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And the odd contribution here or there, still part of some of the EU

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programmes, some of which could be under the jurisdiction of the

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European Court of Justice, we are half in and half out, not having a

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clean Brexit or hard Brexit we've spoken about? I don't think that's

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true at all. The phrase she used a lot is we will be in a strategic

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partnership with the EU. We will be out of the EU but we will obviously

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be friendly, neighbours, fellow democracies. We want a strategic

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partnership. As strategic partners we may say he is a project, he is a

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programme that members of the EU and a nonmember of the EU, like Britain,

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might want to join. The EU signs deals with countries that are not in

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the EU, so it's not unknown for that happen. Britain will be outside the

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EU but will be a friendly, strategic partner of the EU and its member

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states. Damian Green, thank you for joining us outside of Lancaster

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House. Theresa Villiers, when we look at hard border, the Common

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travel area between Ireland and Northern Ireland, she said there

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wouldn't be a hard border. How can she guarantee that if we're coming

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out of the single market and almost all of the union? We have had a

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Common travel area for almost 100 years, it predated the EU

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membership. There's no reason we can't continue it. Yes, there's a

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degree of risk of illegal migration by having an open border, but it's

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perfectly possible to manage that risk, without border checkpoints.

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The reality is, the key thing is how you cooperate with the immigration

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authorities on both sides of the border. For around 100 years those

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immigration authorities have worked together, to try and secure the

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external borders of the Common travel area. That will continue.

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That's how we need to operate. We can now talk to the Lib Dem leader

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Tim Farron. Welcome to the Daily Politics. Looking funny if not a

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little cold outside the Houses of Parliament. These are all your worst

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fears come true. We are leaving the single market, we are leaving, if

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not totally, the customs union. It is the end of that kind of

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relationship with the EU. It seems to be the extreme version of Brexit

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Theresa May was briefing in advance of this speech. That is incredibly

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disappointing for anyone who thinks democracy matters. What she has done

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is taken the views of 51.9% of the people that voted to leave the

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European union last June and assumed they were all meant the same as

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Nigel Farage and assumed they wanted an extreme Brexit that wasn't on the

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ballot paper. This is a theft of democracy as well as an attack on

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our economy. To decide to do this, without seeking the will and the

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opinion of the British people at the end of it, is more offensive. The

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only two really substantial thing she said in the speech was that she

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was going for the hard Brexit and ripping us out of the single market.

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The other was its parliament would get a vote on the deal at the end of

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this. Which is saying politicians can have a bit of democracy at the

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end of this process, but the people can't. We take the view that you

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start this process with democracy, as we did last June, but you do not

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end it with a stitch up. Because you want to see a second referendum? I

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want a first referendum on a deal we know nothing about yet. Theresa May

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has waved a white flag on the most important thing when it comes to our

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future relationship with Europe. The single market. Business is united in

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saying we should be in the single market. It's not true to say they

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are 100% United. I'm sure you could find somebody, but 90% in the recent

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survey before Christmas that they wanted to be in the single market.

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This is a theft of democracy and the only way to close is by asking

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people to say yes or no to the deal at the end of the process. Let's ask

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what you can do about it, Tim Farron, as leader of the Liberal

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Democrats. Will you be instructing your peers to vote against

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triggering Article 50, which would start the negotiation process, to

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block this happening? We have been clear we will use parliament to

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amend whatever the government puts in front of us, to ensure Britain

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gets the best deal, so Britain does argue and fight its corner, and

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business' corner at the stay in the single market. You will block it,

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block triggering Article 50? I will be clear, our breadline is on a

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referendum. If the British people are not given their say at the end

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of all this, if the will of the people is ignored, if the people are

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cut out of this process, this is a stitch up between politicians and

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bureaucrats in Brussels on Whitehall. We will vote against

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anything that cuts the people out of this process. You want the second

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referendum? We want the first referendum on the deal. We know

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nothing what it will look like, we have some idea what Theresa May will

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and won't fight for. She won't fight for Britain's position in single

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market. We have no idea what it will look like at the end. Why should the

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British people have that. When they have no say? Wrote parliament is

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full of elected representatives like yourself. Why isn't that enough in

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terms of giving you the say on final deal? Because we started with a

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referendum I think that's why you have do end up. To reverse the

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process we've been through? If the courts or even parliament elected to

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offer that is, were to frustrate the will of the people, that would be

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wrong and counter-productive. The only way Britain is staying in the

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European Union, even the single market, is if the British people

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tell the government that is what they want. The Liberal Democrats are

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the only people providing the vehicle for that democracy to take

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place. You are representing, as you say, the 48% who voted... To remain.

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And the leaders who want us to stay in the single market. We don't know

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what the numbers are in terms of who wanted to stay in the single market.

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More than none. You may not like it, in fact I know you don't like it,

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the issue of immigration was important one way or another. Do you

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not accept Theresa May is responding, in some way, to what

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many people felt was a need to take back some control of immigration and

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open borders? I think what she's doing and what no

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one seems to be doing is making the case for British people and our

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freedom of movement, British prisoners. Answer the question on

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immigration. If you are concerned about immigration, it's a two-way

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street. Nobody seems to be arguing the best deal for us. If you take

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Theresa May's Linux that freedom of movement is some kind of a red line,

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don't accept what the other side say over membership of the single

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market. Go and argue Britain's case. If you want to be in the single

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market and I want some of the other stuff people of Europe say we have

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to have, don't just accept it, don't wave the white flag, fight Britain's

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corner. Tim Farron, thank you very much.

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Some suggested the Prime Minister might not tell us much she had an

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already revealed about how the UK will approach the Brexit process. As

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it turned out, she made a number of significant and explicit statements,

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as we've already discussed. Let's look at some of the key things we

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have learned from the Prime Minister's speech.

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The deal will be put to a vote in both Houses of Parliament. On the

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big subject of immigration she said Brexit must mean control of the

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number of people who come to Britain from Europe, although she didn't

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give any further figures on that. She said the UK will pursue a bold

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free-trade agreement with the EU, but she confirmed that as expected,

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that will not mean membership of the single market.

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Also on trade, the Prime Minister wants to be able to strike deals

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with non-EU countries, so Britain will not retain full membership of

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the customs union. Instead, she wants some form of customs agreement

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with the EU. Theresa May also said the UK may continue to make payments

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to the EU after Brexit, but they won't be fast, whatever that means.

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Finally, on transition, she wants a phased process of implementation on

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any deal to avoid a disruptive cliff edge. Just finally, before the end

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of the programme, to Reza Villas, your thoughts on what she said in

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regard to a warning to the EU, if there were attempts to block a deal

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or make a bad deal that wasn't going to be advantageous to Britain?

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Underlying underlining the Chancellor's comments that Britain

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could take action to protect the economy. Was that wise to threaten

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when she had EU diplomats in front of her? It was certainly quite

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tough. A very tough warning. I think it's only setting out the facts, in

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terms of the options that would be open to us as an independent

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country, able to take our own decisions. And become as Labour call

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it, a bargain basement economy, making sure corporation even lower

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than is being proposed. Is that what you would see? We have set the

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direction of travel which in any event brings down corporation tax.

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What I doubt would be on the agenda would be large-scale deregulation. I

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think we would certainly want to look at the body of EU regulation

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and see whether it's proportional, whether we want to do things

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slightly differently. In a number of areas I think we keep it. I don't

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think it would be a race to the bottom in terms of regulation. Will

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you align yourself with Tim Farron and the Liberal Democrats? No, I

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think what the Prime Minister said was if the EU were not to give us a

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good deal, it would be an act of calamitous self harm. Those were her

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words. You agree? She threatened five or six times, she used our

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intelligence services five or six times to back up that threat. You

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rightly pointed out that she has spoken of a deregulated tax haven,

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backing up what Philip Hammond has already threatened. I believe that

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that threat, combined with this threat that maybe we would withdraw

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our cooperation on intelligence services, is a deeply damaging, huge

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moral mistake as well as a political one. All right, thank you very much

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to both of you for sitting here with me while Theresa May gave that

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critically important speech. That is all for today. Thanks to you and all

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the guests on the show today. The one o'clock News started on BBC One

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now. I will be back with Andrew tomorrow at 11:30am for PMQs.

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Bye-bye. Join Michael Buerk as he explores

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the dishes fit for kings and queens. When it comes to extravagance, few

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monarchs can compete with George IV.

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Jo Coburn introduces live coverage of Theresa May's Brexit speech.

Jo is joined by former Northern Ireland secretary and Leave campaigner Theresa Villiers, shadow international trade secretary Barry Gardiner and work and pensions secretary Damian Green to discuss the prime minister's speech.


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