UK has four Brexit red lines, says David Davis aide

Posted On: 
5th October 2016

Ruling out paying contributions to the European Union budget is among four red lines the UK has identified heading into Brexit talks with EU leaders, it has emerged.

The UK will have left the EU by April 2019
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Stewart Jackson, Brexit Secretary David Davis’ parliamentary private secretary, said the Government has outlined central planks on which it will not compromise going into negotiations.

They are an end to the free movement of people, making laws in Westminster, freedom from the jurisdiction of European judges and no more payments to the EU coffers.

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“We are not in the business of developing trade policies,” Bloomberg reports Mr Jackson to have said during a fringe event at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham.

“But we are in the business of honouring the faith and trust that the British people put in us and the instruction to deliver on June 23 around the key red lines, which are: no contribution to the budget; no jurisdiction for the European Court of Justice; the end of free movement; and British laws being made in our sovereign Parliament.”

It comes after Theresa May indicated on Sunday that Britain would not remain a member of the single market once it has formally left the EU.

The Prime Minister said she wanted British companies to have “maximum freedom to trade” with other member states – but that she would not accept free movement of people or the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.

On the same day, Theresa May announced she she would initiate Article 50 before the end of March 2017, meaning the UK will no longer be a member of the bloc by April 2019.

She called for preparatory discussions before the mechanism had been triggered, but senior figures in Brussels have ruled out informal talks taking place.