May’s 12-point plan for clean break from EU

Theresa May will delight Brexiteers and dismay Remainers by pledging a clean break from the EU in her long-awaited speech spelling out her Brexit strategy.

Unveiling a 12-point plan for Brexit, she will propose a “new and equal partnership” between an “independent, self-governing Global Britain” and its friends and allies in the EU.

And in her clearest statement yet on Brexit, she will declare: “Not partial membership of the European Union, associate membership of the European Union, or anything that leaves us
half-in, half-out.

“We do not seek to adopt a model already enjoyed by other countries. We do not seek to hold on to bits of membership as we leave.

“The United Kingdom is leaving the European Union. My job is to get the right deal for Britain as we do.”

The PM’s speech comes after No 10 officials expressed delight at Donald Trump’s pledge at the weekend to work to secure a rapid trade agreement with the UK after Brexit.

The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, also suggested at the weekend that Britain could cut taxes to create a corporate tax haven if the EU fails to provide it with an agreement on market access after Brexit.

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