The Prime Minister said her aim to leave the single market
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 of membership.
In an article for French newspaper Le Figaro, she said: “Britain understands that EU leaders want to continue with the process of integration.
“We do not, to borrow the phrase, seek to cherry-pick which bits of membership we desire.”
Her comments come ahead of Downing Street talks on Friday with French prime minister Bernard Cazeneuve.
Mrs May also highlighted French interest in a good Brexit deal, pointing out the UK is France’s fifth-largest export market with annual trade worth more than 50 billion euros.
Theresa May says there will be no 'cherry picking'
We do not, to borrow the phrase, seek to cherry-pick which bits of membership we desire
French newspaper Le Figaro
“UK companies are responsible for an estimated 230,000 jobs in France, and French companies for about 370,000 jobs in the UK,” she added.
Mrs May reiterated her aim of guaranteeing the rights of EU nationals already in the UK, including more than 300,000 French people, and said she hopes France will do the same for Britons living there.
Meanwhile, Britain plans to argue it has a rightful share in EU assets worth up to £17billion during Brexit talks, it was claimed yesterday.
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Her comments come ahead of Downing Street talks on Friday with Bernard Cazeneue
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The move would counter a potential bill of up to £50billion that Britain could owe the EU.
Tory MP Sir Desmond Swayne predicted the assets issue would be high on the Government’s agenda.
He added: “Before you get round to talking about the future relationship you have to talk about who gets the home.”