In an interview with Sky News’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday the Prime Minister, Theresa May stated that people cannot expect to retain “bits of EU membership” following Brexit, as “[the UK is] leaving. We are coming out. We are not going to be a member of the EU any longer”. Mrs May made the statement after she was asked whether she would “prioritise” controlling immigration over retaining single market access. Whilst Mrs May did not commit to prioritising either way, she hinted that controlling EU immigration is the key, saying that Brexit will allow the UK “to have control of our borders, control of our laws”. Mrs May also said, however, that it would be wrong to look at the question of free movement and trade “as a sort of zero sum game”, stating that what was best for the UK and it’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU, would also be good for the EU too.
The Prime Minister also rejected criticism that her and the government’s approach to Brexit is “muddled” – last week Sir Ivan Rogers, the UK’s ambassador to the EU resigned his position, criticising the “muddled thinking” amongst ministers and their approach to Brexit negotiations.
Mrs May confirmed that she will be setting out more details of the government’s plan for Brexit in the coming weeks.