Merkel invites Britain to take time on Brexit but warns: Free movement stays. Any thoughts?
The German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that she is looking forward to meeting Britain’s new prime minister, Theresa May, and does not plan to put Mrs. May under any pressure when it comes to Brexit. But she has warned the British government to think carefully about Brexit and stated that the free movement of people was the price to be paid for access to it.
Mrs. May was suddenly handed the keys to 10 Downing Street on Monday afternoon after her only remaining challenger for the leadership of the Conservative Party, and therefore as prime minister, Andrea Leadsom, dropped out of the race.
Mrs. Leadsom’s withdrawal cut short a leadership race which was due to last until September, placing the process to take Britain out of the European Union (EU) at the head of the government’s agenda two months early.
- CliveLv 74 years agoFavorite Answer
Well, that's what those of us who actually knew anything about the issue already knew. This is nothing new. Mrs Merkel is merely stating the "bleedin' obvious" and being her usual patronising self.
Britain has basically two options:
a) rejoin EFTA and therefore become part of the EEA, which will mean accepting the Single Market and everything that goes with it, including freedom of movement. But as a non-member of the EU, Britain will have no say over what the rules are. Which means even more loss of sovereignty.
b) just leave and don't join anything. Which is what the average Leave voter wanted, whether they knew it or not (apart from those who did it as a protest vote and are now acting all surprised that Leave actually won).
The article is out of date, by the way. The Cabinet Minister for Brexit is David Davis. Chris Grayling was moved to Transport. Meanwhile Boris Johnson has been appointed Foreign Secretary, which is either an elaborate joke, or a very clever move on the part of Theresa to confuse everybody. I note, however, that he hasn't been given anything important to do... Davis is doing Brexit, and Liam Fox has taken up a new post to take charge of International Trade. Thus Boris can't do much damage while indulging his particular talent for publicity, or if he DOES say something stupid, that will be the perfect excuse to sack him.
- DustbindivaLv 74 years ago
Well, the 4 pillars of the EU are rigid, so Britain must withdraw to avoid implementing the same migration policy and free movement that the EU has. Thats why it takes 2 years. Fortunately PM May wants to reduce immigration and supports Brexit.
No, Britain always traded with Europe and they dont have to be in the EU to do so. The EU is always trying to intimidate Britain. Britain does not have to accept the EU charter in order to do business with Europe. Europe needs Britain more than Britain needs Europe. Britain can now be free to make trade agreements around the world on their own terms.
Andrea Leadsom didnt have support of Parliament the way May did, since May was Home Secretary. I am happy about the new Cabinet.