Bri­tain won’t ‘cherry pick’

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Bri­tain will not seek to “cherry- pick” which parts ofEUmem­ber­ship it wants to keep after Brexit, Theresa May has said.

The prime min­is­ter said her aim to leave the sin­gle mar­ket, but strike a free trade deal with the EU in­clud­ing the “great­est pos­si­ble ac­cess” to the trade bloc, does not amount to se­lec­tively choos­ing the best as­pects.

Her com­ments come ahead of to­day’s Down­ing Street talks with French prime min­is­ter Bernard Cazeneuve.

After Mrs May set out her strat­egy last month, sev­eral EU fig­ures warned the UK it will not be able to “cherry-pick” when it comes to ne­go­ti­at­ing a new re­la­tion­ship with Brus­sels.

“We will strike a free trade deal with the EU”

Yes­ter­day she said: “As we leave the EU, we will seek the great­est pos­si­ble ac­cess to the Euro­pean sin­gle mar­ket through a new, com­pre­hen­sive, bold, am­bi­tious free trade agree­ment.

“This can­not, how­ever, mean re­tain­ing mem­ber­ship of the sin­gle mar­ket.

“French pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande and other Euro­pean lead­ers have been very clear that this would mean ac­cept­ing the ‘four free­doms’ of goods, cap­i­tal, ser­vices and peo­ple and I re­spect their po­si­tion.

“We do not, to bor­row the phrase, seek to cherry-pick­which­bits of mem­ber­ship we de­sire.”

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