In a speech today, Prime Minister Theresa May set out the UK Government's objectives in negotiating the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union.

The Prime Minister made clear that the United Kingdom will leave the EU Single Market as continued membership would be incompatible with two consistently articulated priorities of the Government, first that the United Kingdom should have control over immigration, and secondly that it should cease to be subject to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.

She explained that the Government will seek a "strategic partnership" conferring the "greatest possible access" to the Single Market through a "new, comprehensive, bold and ambitious" free trade agreement (FTA) providing for the freest possible trade in goods and services between the United Kingdom and the European Union, on a reciprocal basis.
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