Today, in an address which lasted just over forty minutes, former ‘Remainer’, Prime Minister Theresa May,added some content and context to her well-worn maxim: brexit means brexit.
For her, brexit means brexit, means:
Restoring full sovereignty to the UK Parliamentary and legal system; with a clear retreat from the EU legal tradition and its influence on judicial decision-making.
Full and complete exit from the EU ‘single market’ to regain full control over EU migration to the UK.
Partial membership of the EU Customs Union to allow the UK to, among other things, negotiate its own tariff schedules in the WTO.
Uninterrupted access to the Irish border with the UK.
Retention of status for Britons living in the EU; and EU nationals living in the UK.
Inclusion of the devolved governments in the decision-making process concerning the terms of brexit.
Triggering Article 50 by the end of March this year; followed by a two year period of negotiation. In this regard, it also means the phased implementation of elements of the deal that will ultimately define the new UK-EU relationship.
Subjecting the bexit ‘deal’ to a Parliamentary vote.
A drastic reduction in UK payments to the EU, while maintaining an undisclosed level of continued ‘support’ for certain sectors.
The UK’s continued support of EU defence and security through NATO; leveraging the UK’s seat on the UN Security council ; and its nuclear and substantial general defence capabilities.
Taking ‘Britain Global’ by leveraging its strong diplomatic ties; and demand for British goods and services, to rapidly conclude lucrative trade agreements with its non-EU partners.
Re-affirming that the UK outside of the EU does not mean that it is outside of Europe because the ties that bind the UK to the continent of Europe are not simply a function of its EU membership.