LONDON (Reuters) – Following is British Prime Minister Theresa Could’s assertion on Brexit talks.
Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa Could arrives on the again entrance of 10 Downing Avenue in London, September 21, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
It was provided by Downing Avenue and checked in opposition to supply.
“Yesterday, I used to be in Salzburg for talks with European leaders. I’ve all the time stated that these negotiations could be robust – they usually have been all the time sure to be hardest within the remaining straight.
“Whereas either side need a deal, we now have to resist the truth that – regardless of the progress we now have made – there are two huge points the place we stay a good distance aside.
The primary is our financial relationship after we now have left.
Right here, the EU continues to be solely providing us two choices.
The primary possibility would contain the UK staying within the European Financial Space and a customs union with the EU.
In plain English, this could imply we’d nonetheless must abide by all of the EU guidelines, uncontrolled immigration from the EU would proceed and we couldn’t do the commerce offers we would like with different international locations.
That may make a mockery of the referendum we had two years in the past.
The second possibility could be a primary free commerce settlement for Nice Britain that may introduce checks on the Nice Britain/EU border. However even worse, Northern Eire would successfully stay within the Customs Union and components of the Single Market, completely separated economically from the remainder of the UK by a border down the Irish Sea.
Parliament has already – unanimously – rejected this concept.
Creating any type of customs border between Northern Eire and the remainder of the UK wouldn’t respect that Northern Eire is an integral a part of the UK, in step with the precept of consent, as set out clearly within the Belfast/Good Friday Settlement.
It’s one thing I’ll by no means comply with – certainly, in my judgement it’s one thing no British Prime Minister would ever comply with. If the EU imagine I’ll, they’re making a elementary mistake.
Something which fails to respect the referendum or which successfully divides our nation in two could be a foul deal and I’ve all the time stated no deal is best than a foul deal.
However I’ve additionally been clear that the perfect final result is for the UK to go away with a deal. That’s the reason, following months of intensive work and detailed discussions, we proposed a 3rd possibility for our future financial relationship, primarily based on the frictionless commerce in items. That’s the easiest way to guard jobs right here and within the EU and to keep away from a tough border between Eire and Northern Eire, whereas respecting the referendum outcome and the integrity of the UK.
Yesterday Donald Tusk stated our proposals would undermine the one market. He didn’t clarify how in any element or make any counter-proposal. So we’re at an deadlock.
The second subject is related to the primary. We each agree that the Withdrawal Settlement wants to incorporate a backstop to make sure that if there’s a delay in implementing our new relationship, there nonetheless gained’t be a tough border between Eire and Northern Eire.
However the EU is proposing to realize this by successfully maintaining Northern Eire within the Customs Union.
As I’ve already stated, that’s unacceptable. We’ll by no means comply with it. It will imply breaking apart our nation.
We’ll set out our different that preserves the integrity of the UK. And it will likely be in step with the commitments we made again in December – together with the dedication that no new regulatory boundaries ought to be created between Northern Eire and the remainder of the UK until the Northern Eire Govt and Meeting agree.
As I informed EU leaders, neither facet ought to demand the unacceptable of the opposite.
We can’t settle for something that threatens the integrity of our union, simply as they can’t settle for something that threatens the integrity of theirs.
We can’t settle for something that doesn’t respect the results of the referendum, simply as they can’t settle for something that’s not within the curiosity of their residents.
All through this course of, I’ve handled the EU with nothing however respect. The UK expects the identical. A very good relationship on the finish of this course of is dependent upon it.
At this late stage within the negotiations, it’s not acceptable to easily reject the opposite facet’s proposals with out a detailed clarification and counter proposals.
So we now want to listen to from the EU what the true points are and what their different is in order that we will focus on them. Till we do, we can’t make progress.
Within the meantime, we should and can proceed the work of making ready ourselves for no deal.
Particularly, I need to make clear our method to 2 points.
First, there are over three million EU residents dwelling within the UK who will probably be understandably fearful about what the result of yesterday’s summit means for his or her future.
I need to be clear with you that even within the occasion of no deal your rights will probably be protected. You might be our pals, our neighbours, our colleagues. We wish you to remain.
Second, I need to reassure the folks of Northern Eire that within the occasion of no deal we’ll do every thing in our energy to stop a return to a tough border.
Let me additionally say this.
The referendum was the most important democratic train this nation has ever undergone. To disclaim its legitimacy or frustrate its outcome threatens public belief in our democracy.
That’s the reason for over two years I’ve labored day and night time to ship a deal that sees the UK depart the EU. I’ve labored to convey folks with me even when that has not all the time appeared potential.
Nobody needs an excellent deal greater than me.
However the EU ought to be clear: I cannot overturn the results of the referendum. Nor will I break up my nation.
We’d like severe engagement on resolving the 2 huge issues within the negotiations. We stand prepared.”
Reporting by Man Faulconbridge and Andrew MacAskill