The world is watching whilst the UK navigates the complexities of leaving the European Union. After June 2016’s surprise result to the referendum, followed by various battles in the High Court and Supreme Court, and finally, MPs voting to allow Theresa May to begin the EU withdrawal process, the Brexit Whitepaper was published last week, providing 12 guiding principles for the forthcoming negotiations.
- Providing certainty and clarity- We will provide certainty wherever we can as we approach the negotiations.
- Taking control of our own laws- We will take control of our own statute book and bring and end to the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union, in the UK.
- Strengthening the Union- We will secure a deal that works for the entire UK- for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and all parts of England. We remain fully committed to the Belfast Agreement and its successors.
- Protecting our strong and historic ties with Ireland and maintain the Common Travel Area- We will work to deliver a practical solution that allows for the maintenance of the Common Travel Area, whilst protecting the integrity of our immigration system and which protects our strong ties with Ireland.
- Controlling Immigration- We will have control over the number of EU nationals coming to the UK.
- Securing rights for EU nationals in the UK, and UK nationals in the EU- We want to secure the status of EU citizens who are already living in the UK, and that of UK nationals in other Member States, as early as we can.
- Protecting workers’ rights- We will protect and enhance existing workers’ rights.
- Ensuring free trade with European markets- We will forge a new strategic partnership with the EU, including a wide-reaching, bold and ambitious free trade agreement, and will seek a mutually beneficial new customs agreement with the EU.
- Securing new trade agreements with other countries- We will forge ambitious
- Ensuring the UK remains the best place for science and innovation – We will remain at the vanguard of science and innovation and will seek continued close collaboration with our European partners.
- Cooperating in the fight against crime and terrorism – We will continue to work with the EU to preserve European security, to fight terrorism, and to uphold justice across Europe. 8 The United Kingdom’s exit from and new partnership with the European Union
- Delivering a smooth, orderly exit from the EU – We will seek a phased process of implementation, in which both the UK and the EU institutions and the remaining EU Member States prepare for the new arrangements that will exist between us.
It is expected that this will be the first of several whitepapers and others are expected to consider restoring the sovereignty of the British Courts and repealing EU Law.