The Government will achieve a trade agreement with the EU that delivers “the same benefits” as our current membership, the Prime Minister said today.
Asked by Andrew Neil on BBC One about the future UK-EU trade relationship, Theresa May said: “It will be a different relationship but I think it can have the same benefits in terms of that free access to trade.”
It comes after David Davis in January promised “a comprehensive free trade agreement and a comprehensive customs agreement that will deliver the exact same benefits as we have.”
Commenting, Ben Bradshaw MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:
“On the day talks with the EU begin, the Prime Minister of this country has publicly and definitively committed to negotiating a free trade agreement with the European Union that delivers ‘the same benefits’ on trade as we have as members of the Single Market and the Customs Union.
“This promise must be delivered, and the Prime Minister has to be held to account for making it. This promise means we must have no tariffs or customs barriers to physical trade between the UK and the EU, and no regulatory barriers to services trade. Anything less, and the Government will have failed on its own terms.
“We will hold the Prime Minister to this promise in the months and years ahead. If she achieves a deal that falls below her own standard, or tries to convince us to leave with no deal at all, she will have failed, and the British people should have the right to pass judgment on that failure.”
Notes to editors:
On the BBC this evening, the Prime Minister said: “It will be a different relationship but I think it can have the same benefits in terms of that free access to trade.” The clip can be seen here: https://twitter.com/Open_Britain/status/847153003970936835
In the House of Commons on 24th January 2017, Brexit Secretary David Davis said: “What we have come up with—I hope to persuade her that this is a very worthwhile aim—is the idea of a comprehensive free trade agreement and a comprehensive customs agreement that will deliver the exact same benefits as we have, but also enable my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade to go and form trade deals with the rest of the world, which is the real upside of leaving the European Union.”