Brexit Max confirmed by Theresa May

Brexit Max confirmed by Theresa May

Brexit Means Brexit: Theresa May’s Definitive Stance on Britain’s Future Relationship with the EU


For months, there has been much ambiguity surrounding Britain’s future relationship with the EU. However, in a speech to EU ambassadors on January 17th, Prime Minister Theresa May laid all doubts to rest. Britain will leave the single market and the customs union, allowing it to negotiate trade deals with other countries. This decision signifies a clear break from the EU and sets the stage for a new era in British politics and economics.

In her conference speech back in October, Theresa May confirmed that Brexit would lead the country beyond the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice and the EU’s free movement regime. Yet, there were still concerns about special arrangements for certain sectors of the British economy and fears of a sudden “cliff edge” exit. The speech from Mrs. May on January 17th responded to these uncertainties. It revealed that Britain will seek a phased implementation process covering areas such as immigration controls and financial regulation. In essence, there will be no formal transitional period, and a “cliff edge of sorts” will be in place.

This decision by Theresa May reflects two critical realities that policymakers both in Britain and on the continent must now come to terms with. Firstly, Mrs. May interprets the Brexit vote as a clear message for lower immigration, even if it means sacrificing some economic prosperity. This assumption is based on limited polling evidence, but it forms the foundation of the government’s strategy. Secondly, it appears that the outcome of the negotiations holds less importance to Mrs. May. While she aims for a comprehensive free-trade agreement (FTA) similar to the EU-Canada deal, known as CETA, she recognizes that negotiating such an agreement within the two-year timeframe of Article 50 will be challenging. She also acknowledges the EU’s emphasis on the “four freedoms,” including freedom of movement, which may limit the extent of any FTA reached in the given time constraints.

Undoubtedly, the Brexit negotiations will be tough. Theresa May’s priorities are to maximize the scope of the FTA, maximize the benefits of any associate relationship with the customs union, and minimize the potential economic cliff British firms may face in 2019. In her speech, Mrs. May hinted at her strategies, suggesting that the country’s defense and security co-operation with the EU could be a bargaining chip. She also warned that she could “change the basis of Britain’s economic model” to a tax haven if the EU does not cooperate. Additionally, she made it clear that if the talks do not result in a satisfactory deal, walking away from the negotiations is a possibility.

The consequences of Brexit will be felt throughout Britain’s economy. While the government will do its best to minimize the impact, the priority remains a complete and rapid exit from the EU. If it means enduring some economic pain, so be it. This newfound clarity gives businesses the certainty they have sought since June 23rd. It allows those reliant on continental supply chains or the EU financial services passport to plan for potential relocation. Furthermore, the definitiveness of May’s stance simplifies the Brexit talks, potentially reducing its fractious nature. With Britain accepting that it will have an empty plate after eating its cake, the true meaning of Brexit emerges: a complete and irreversible departure from the EU.

In conclusion, Theresa May’s speech to EU ambassadors on January 17th provided much-needed clarity on Britain’s future relationship with the EU. Brexit means leaving the single market and the customs union, aiming for a comprehensive FTA within the limited timeframe of Article 50. Although the talks will be challenging, May’s priority is delivering a complete and rapid exit from the EU, even if it means enduring some economic pain. This definitive stance allows businesses to plan for the future and simplifies the negotiations. Brexit has now become an irrevocable reality.