‘Either you are in or you are out’ Senior MEP spells out post-Brexit single market choices


‘Either you are in or you are out’ Senior MEP spells out post-Brexit single market choices
  1. ‘Either you are in or you are out’ Senior MEP spells out post-Brexit single market choices
    express.co.uk
    A SENIOR MEP has declared the UK has simple choice between being either in or out of the single market ahead of Theresa May's landmark address to Brussels later…
    UK

Roberto Gualtieri, a member of the EU Parliament Brexit Steering Group, said the single market was a “holistic concept” as he attempted to spell out Britain's option on BBC's Newsnight.

It comes as the Prime Minister will seek to kickstart Britain's negotiations with the Brussels bloc in Florence, Italy, as the UK and EU battle to break the deadlock over cash, citizens' rights and the future Irish border.

Mr Gualtieri said: “Relating to the single market, there are basically two models. One is the Norway model, where you are within the single market. Another is a free trade agreement like the one of Canada. Of course the free trade agreement can be negotiated in different ways.

“And then there is finally the issue of whether the UK will stay within or outside the customs union.

“So we are open to discuss all these issues, but of course we cannot mix things. A single market is a holistic concept. Either you are in or you are out.”

MEPGETTY

Roberto Gualtieri is a member of the EU Parliament Brexit Steering Group

Mrs May called a marathon Cabinet meeting yesterday as she urged ministers to unite around the offer she will set out today to the rest of the EU.

Significantly, the two-and-a-half hour session is believed to have resulted in an agreement to propose a transitional period of up to two years after Britain formally leaves the EU in March 2019.

The UK is likely to keep paying its planned contributions into the EU budget during that time to save the bloc from a black hole - provided Britain wins concessions on trade with and outside the EU.

A two-year "implementation period" is longer than some Brexiteers such as Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson might like but not as long as strongly pro-Remain figures like Chancellor Philip Hammond might prefer.

Government sources last night confirmed only that Mrs May will set out plans for a "time-limited" transition to provide certainty about the immediate aftermath of Brexit day, it has been reported.

She is thought unlikely to say exactly how much the UK is prepared to pay, although reports have suggested it could be up to nearly £18billion over two years.

Mrs May is expected to state Britain's ambition for its own custom-made deal with the EU.

But all eyes will be on whether she leans towards the kind of looser links favoured by Brexiteers based on Canada's new deal with the EU, rather than a Swiss or Norwegian-style arrangement imposing tighter limits on Britain.

Mrs May will show she has apparently heeded colleagues' pleas to spell out a more optimistic vision of Brexit, as she underlines to fellow EU leaders how a successful Brexit deal is in the interests of all.

GETTY

Theresa May will deliver a landmark address in the Italian city of Florence

She is expected to say: "If we can do that, then when this chapter of…