Following are some initial reactions to Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier
“We welcome that the British prime minister is today outlining her government’s ideas for leaving and has finally created a little more clarity about the British plans. She has underlined that Great Britain is striving for a positive and constructive partnership, a friendship, with a strong EU. That is good.”
Czech secretary of state for EU affairs, Tomas Prouza, on Twitter:
“Thorough speech by theresa_may. At least now we know what UK wants #HardBrexit. UK’s plan seems a bit ambitious – trade as free as possible, full control on immigration… where is the give for all the take?”
Former Swedish foreign minister and Prime Minister Carl Bildt, on Twitter:
“I regret the approach the UK government has taken. I think most of the EU would have preferred a closer relationship with the UK. Theresa May speech indicates that UK is seeking something slightly less than the Ukraine DCFTA (Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement) agreement with the EU. A retreat from Europe.”