In case you missed the fuller details here is the 12 point plan that Theresa May announced yesterday regarding the UK’s decision to leave the EU – entitled ‘Plan for Britain’.
- Provide certainty about the process of leaving the EU
- Control of our own laws
- Strengthen the union between the four nations of the UK
- Maintain the Common Travel Area with Ireland
- Control of immigration coming from the EU
- Rights of EU nationals in Britain and rights of British nationals in the EU
- Protect workers’ rights
- Free trade with European markets through a free trade agreement
- New trade agreements with other countries
- The best place for science and innovation
- Co-operation in the fight against terrorism
- A smooth and orderly Brexit
Pretty disappointing not to see either the environment or climate change specifically mentioned.
The New Economics Foundation published a short response to the speech – here and it suggested that the government’s plan would lead to reduced workers’ rights and watered down environmental protection.
Donald Tusk, the EU President issued this tweet
Quite a lot of people on Twitter were suggesting that May was trying to ‘have her cake and eat it’, but I guess you have to start the process somewhere.
There is a long process ahead now and let’s hope it doesn’t just lead to a cliff edge.