May wants new trade model with EU, denies 'cherry-picking'

London - Prime Minister Theresa May ruled out existing trade deals as models for Britain's post-Brexit relationship with the European Union, but rejected EU officials' claims that she is trying to "cherry-pick" an agreement.

May said existing models used for economic partnerships with the EU, including those agreed by Canada and Norway, "either do not deliver the ambition we need or impose unsustainable constraints on our democracy."
In a speech in London outlining her Brexit policy, she said all free-trade agreements have "varying market access depending on the respective interests of the countries involved."
"If this is cherry-picking, then every trade arrangement is cherry-picking," May said.
"Moreover, with all its neighbours the EU has varying levels of access to the single market, depending on the obligations those neighbours are willing to undertake."

Friday, March 2nd 2018

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