‘There is a strong case for try­ing to re­main in the sin­gle mar­ket’

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ne­go­ti­at­ing an exit deal and put­ting it to the Bri­tish peo­ple in a vote, it will “con­cen­trate minds across the Channel: if they want to con­clude this am­i­ca­bly and quickly, which is in their in­ter­ests as much as ours, they need to put a ‘Nor­way-plus’ deal on the ta­ble”.

How­ever, the EU was yes­ter­day deeply di­vided over its re­sponse to the ref­er­en­dum re­sult.

Jaroslaw Kaczyn­ski, the leader of Poland’s rul­ing party, said his country wants Bri­tain to hold a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum on EU mem­ber­ship. “Our idea for today ... fore­sees ef­forts aimed at mak­ing Bri­tain re­turn, in­clud­ing a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum,” he said.

There was a grow­ing east­ern Euro­pean back­lash against Mr Juncker, whose con­stant calls for “more Europe” are be­ing blamed in some quar­ters for driv­ing the UK to the exit.

A day af­ter the Czech for­eign minis- ter called pub­licly for Mr Juncker’s res­ig­na­tion, Poland an­nounced it would lead an in­for­mal group of na­tions within the EU seek­ing re­form of the bloc, which has been badly un­der­mined by the Bri­tish de­ci­sion to Leave.

Euro­pean diplo­mats said yes­ter­day that Bri­tain has no chance of get­ting ac- cess to the sin­gle mar­ket un­less it ac­cepts free move­ment. A Nor­way-style deal that grants UK ac­cess to the sin­gle mar­ket could only come with un­lim­ited EU mi­gra­tion as a con­di­tion.

Ad­dress­ing MPs in the Com­mons for the first time af­ter an­nounc­ing his res­ig­na­tion, Mr Cameron warned that pro-EU MPs and min­is­ters must not at­tempt to block a Brexit. He said the Gov­ern­ment will “de­liver the country’s will to exit the Euro­pean Union, al­though the key de­ci­sions for that will be taken by the next prime min­is­ter”. Mr Cameron said min­is­ters must “ac­cept the re­sult” the Bri­tish peo­ple have given and “get on and de­liver it”.

How­ever, when asked whether it is im­por­tant for Bri­tain to re­main in the sin­gle mar­ket, he said: “There is ob­vi­ously a very strong case for try­ing to re­main in that sin­gle mar­ket in some form but that’s go­ing to be a de­ci­sion for the new gov­ern­ment and for the Par­lia­ment.”

Mr Cameron was later asked by David Lammy, a Labour MP, whether there could be a “sec­ond ref­er­en­dum on the de­tail” of Bri­tain’s exit. He replied “we have to set out the op­tions for the model of leav­ing – the next gov­ern­ment will make those de­ci­sions”.

‘We have to set out op­tions for the model of leav­ing. The next gov­ern­ment will make those de­ci­sions’

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