tv British Prime Minister Theresa May Lays Out Brexit Plan CSPAN January 17, 2017 10:09am-11:02am EST
so president like trump and the family comes over there and they ride together? >>. the family. i think will be the president-elect and the first lady-elect. >> and the four arrive together? >> most probably they will go to the white house, coffee or two, spent half an hour there and they will go together. that is a great moment. >> thank you so much. >> thank you for your time. >> watch the 50th presidential inauguration live on friday on c-span, c-span.org, or listen on the freeseas band radio app. today in london, theresa may laid out her plans for the u.k. to formally leave the european union commonly known as brexit. he spoke for about 50 -- she spoke for about 50 minutes.
>> a little over six months ago, the british people voted for change. they voted to shape a brighter future for our country. they voted to leave the european union and embrace the world. and they did so with their eyes open -- accepting that the road ahead will be uncertain at times, but believing that it leads towards a brighter future for their children and their grandchildren, too. and it is the job of this government to deliver it. that means more than negotiating our new relationship with the eu. it means taking the opportunity of this great moment of national change to step back and ask
ourselves what kind of country we want to be. my answer is clear. i want this united kingdom to emerge from this period of change stronger, fairer, more united, and more outward-looking than ever before. i want us to be a secure, prosperous, tolerant country -- a magnet for international talent and a home to the pioneers and innovators who will shape the world ahead. i want us to be a truly global britain the best friend and , neighbor to our european partners, but a country that reaches beyond the borders of europe, too. a country that goes out into the world to build relationships with old friends and new allies alike. i want britain to be what we have the potential, talent and ambition to be. a great, global trading nation
that is respected around the world and strong, confident, and united at home. that is why this government has a plan for britain. one that gets us the right deal abroad but also ensures we get a , better deal for ordinary working people at home. it's why that plan sets out how we will use this moment of change to build a stronger economy and a fairer society by embracing genuine economic and social reform. why our new modern industrial strategy is being developed, to ensure every nation and area of the united kingdom can make the most of the opportunities ahead. why we will go further to reform our schools to ensure every child has the knowledge and the skills they need to thrive in post-brexit britain. why as we continue to bring the deficit down, we will take a balanced approach by investing
in our economic infrastructure - because it can transform the growth potential of our economy, and improve the quality of people's lives across the whole country. it's why we will put the preservation of our precious union at the heart of everything we do. because it is only by coming together as one great union of nations and people that we can make the most of the opportunities ahead. the result of the referendum was not a decision to turn inward and retreat from the world. because britain's history and culture is profoundly internationalist. we are a european country -- and proud of our shared european heritage -- but we are also a country that has always looked beyond europe to the wider world. that is why we are one of the most racially diverse countries in europe, one of the most multicultural members of the european union, and why --
whether we're talking about india pakistan, bangladesh, , america, australia, canada, new zealand, countries in africa or those that are closer to home in europe -- so many of us have close friends and relatives from across the world. instinctively, we want to travel to, study in, trade with countries not just in europe but beyond the borders of our continent. even now as we prepare to leave the eu, we are planning for the next biennial commonwealth heads of government meeting in 2018, a reminder of our unique and proud global relationships. and it is important to recognize this fact. june 23 was not the moment britain chose to step back from the world. it was the moment we chose to build a truly global britain. i know that this and the other britainwritten took --
took such a decision is not always well understood among our friends and allies in europe. and i know many fear that this might herald the beginning of a greater unraveling of the eu. but let me be clear. i do not want that to happen. it would not be in the best interests of britain. it remains overwhelmingly and compellingly in britain's national interest that the eu should succeed. and that is why i hope in the months and years ahead we will all reflect on the lessons of britain's decision to leave. so let me take this opportunity to set out the reasons for our decision and to address the people of europe directly. it's not simply because our history and culture is profoundly internationalist, important though that is. many in britain have always felt that the united kingdom's place in the european union came at the expense of our global ties, and of a bolder embrace of free trade with the wider world.
there are other important reasons, too. our political traditions are different. unlike other european countries, we have no written constitution, but the principle of parliamentary sovereignty is the basis of our unwritten constitutional settlement. we have only a recent history of devolved governance, though it has rapidly embedded itself and , we have little history of coalition government. the public expect to be able to hold their governments to account very directly. and as a result supranational institutions as strong as those created by the european union sit very uneasily in relation to our political history and way of life. and while i know britain might at times have been seen as an awkward member state, the european union has struggled to deal with the diversity of its member countries and their interests. it bends towards uniformity, not flexibility.
david cameron's negotiation was a valiant final attempt to make it work for britain, and i want to thank all those elsewhere in europe who helped him reach an agreement, but the blunt truth, as we know, is that there was not enough flexibility on many important matters for a majority of british voters. now i do not believe that these , things apply uniquely to britain. britain is not the only member state where there is a strong attachment to accountable and democratic government, such a strong internationalist mindset, or a belief that diversity within europe should be celebrated. and so i believe there is a lesson in brexit not just for britain, but if it wants to succeed, for the eu itself. because our continent's great strength has always been its diversity. and there are two ways of dealing with different interests. you can respond by trying to hold things together by force,
tightening a vice-like grip that ends up crushing into tiny pieces the very things you want to protect. or you can respect difference, cherish it even, and reform the eu so that it deals better with the wonderful diversity of its member states. so to our friends across europe, let me say this. our vote to leave the european union was no rejection of the values we share. the decision to leave the eu represents no desire to become more distant to you, our friends and neighbors. it was no attempt to do harm to the eu itself or to any of its remaining member states. we do not want to turn the clock back to the days when europe was less peaceful, less secure and , less able to trade freely. it was a vote to restore, as we see it, our parliamentary democracy, national self-determination, and to become even more global and internationalist in action and in spirit. we will continue to be reliable
partners, willing allies and , close friends. we want to buy your goods and services, sell you ours, trade with you as freely as possible, and work with one another to make sure we are all safer, more secure and more prosperous , through continued friendship. you will still be welcome in this country as we hope our citizens will be welcome in yours. at a time when together we face a serious threat from our enemies, britain's unique intelligence capabilities will continue to help to keep people in europe safe from terrorism. and at a time when there is growing concern about european security, britain's servicemen and women, based in european countries including estonia, poland, and romania, will continue to do their duty. we are leaving the european union, but we are not leaving europe. and that is why we seek a new and eagle partnership between an
independent, self-governing, global britain and our friends and allies in the eu. not partial membership of the european union, associate membership of the european union, or anything that leaves us half-in, half-out. we do not seek to adopt a model already enjoyed by other countries. we do not seek to hold on to bits of membership as we leave. no, the united kingdom is leaving the european union. and my job is to get the right deal for britain as we do. so today, i want to outline our objectives for the negotiation ahead. 12 object lives that amount to one big goal -- a new, positive and constructive partnership , between britain and the european union. and as we negotiate that partnership, we will be driven some simple principles -- we
will provide as much certainty and clarity as we can at every stage. and we will take this opportunity to make britain stronger, to make britain fairer, and to build a more global britain, too. the first objective is crucial. we will provide certainty whenever we can. we are about to enter a negotiation. that means there will be give and take. there will have to be compromises. it will require imagination on both sides. and not everybody will be able to know everything at every stage. but i recognize how important it is to provide business, the public sector, and everybody with as much certainty as possible as we move through the process. so where we can offer that certainty, we will do so. that is why last year we acted quickly to give clarity about farm payments and university funding.
and it is why, as we repeal the european communities act, we will convert the "acquis" -- the of existing eu law -- into british law. this will give the country maximum certainty as we leave the eu. the same rules and laws will apply on the day after brexit as they did before. and it will be for the british parliament to decide on any changes to that law after full scrutiny and proper parliamentary debate. and when it comes to parliament, and when it comes to parliament, there is one other way in which i would like to provide certainty. i can confirm today that the government will put the final deal that is agreed between the u.k. and the eu to a vote in both houses of parliament, before it comes into force. our second guiding principle is to build a stronger britain. that means taking control of our own affairs, as those who voted in their millions to leave the
european union demanded we must. so we will take back control of our laws and bring an end to the jurisdiction of the european court of justice in britain. leaving the european union will mean that our laws will be made in westminster, edinburgh, cardiff and belfast. and those laws will be interpreted by judges not in luxembourg but in courts across this country. because we will not have truly left the european union if we are not in control of our own laws. a stronger britain demands that we do something else -- strengthen the precious union between the four nations of the united kingdom. at this momentous time, it is more important than ever that we face the future together, united by what makes us strong -- the bonds that unite us as a people, and our shared interest in the u.k. being an open, successful trading nation in the future.
and i hope that same spirit of unity will apply in northern ireland in particular over the coming months in the assembly elections, and the main parties there will work together to reestablish a partnership government as soon as possible. foreign affairs are of course the responsibility of the uk government, and in dealing with them we act in the interests of all parts of the united kingdom. as prime minister, i take that responsibility seriously. i have also been determined from the start that the devolved administrations should be fully engaged in this process. that is why the government has set up a joint ministerial committee on eu negotiations, so ministers from each of the uk's devolved administrations can contribute to the process of planning for our departure from the european union. we have already received a paper from the scottish government, and look forward to receiving a paper from the welsh government shortly. both papers will be considered as part of this important
process. we won't agree on everything, but i look forward to working with the administrations in scotland, wales, and northern ireland to deliver a brexit that works for the whole of the united kingdom. part of that will mean working very carefully to ensure that, as powers are repatriated from brussels back to britain the , right powers are returned to westminster, and the right powers are passed to the devolved administrations of scotland, will, and northern ireland. as we do so, our guiding principle must be to ensure that as we leave the european union no new barriers to living and , doing business within our own union are created. that means maintaining the necessary common standards and frameworks for our own domestic market, empowering the u.k. is an open, trading nation to strike the best trade deals around the world, and protecting the common resources of our islands.
and as we do this, i should equally be clear that no decisions currently taken by the devolved administrations will be removed from them. we cannot forget that as we leave, the united kingdom will share a land border with the eu, and maintaining that common travel area with the republic of ireland will be an important priority for the u.k. in the talks ahead. there has been a common travel area between the u.k. and the republic of ireland for many years. indeed, it was formed before either of our two countries were members of the european union. and the family ties and bonds of affection that unite our two countries mean that there will always be a special relationship between us. so we will work to deliver a practical solution that allows the maintenance of the common travel area with the republic, while protecting the integrity of the united kingdom's immigration system. nobody wants to return to the borders of the past, so we will
make it a priority to deliver a practical solution as soon as we can. the third principle is to build a fairer britain. that means ensuring it is fair to everyone who lives and works in this country. and that is why we will ensure we can control immigration to britain from europe. we will continue to attract the brightest and the best to work indeedy in britain -- openness to international talent , must remain one of this country's most distinctive assets -- but that process must be managed properly so that our immigration system serves the national interest. so we will get control of the number of people coming to britain from the eu. because while controlled immigration can bring great benefits -- filling skills shortages, delivering public services, making british businesses the world-beaters they often are -- when the
numbers get too high, public support for the system falters. in the last decade or so, we have seen record levels of net migration in britain, and that sheer volume has put pressure on public services like schools, stretched our infrastructure, especially housing, and put a downward pressure on wages for working class people. as home secretary for six years, i know that you cannot control immigration overall when there is free movement to britain from europe. britain is an open and tolerant country. we will always want immigration, especially high-skilled immigration. we will always want immigration from europe, and we will always welcome individual migrants as friends. but the message from the public before and during the referendum campaign was clear -- brexit must mean control of the number of people who come to britain from europe. and that is what we will deliver. fairness demands that we deal with another issue as soon as
possible, too. we want to guarantee the rights of eu citizens who are already living in britain and the rights of british nationals in other member states as early as we can. i have told other eu leaders that we could give people the certainty they want straight away and reach such a deal now. many of them favor such an agreement -- one or two others do not -- but i want everyone to know that it remains an britain andrty for for many other member states to resolve this challenge as soon as possible, because it is the right and fair thing to do. and a fairer britain is a country that protects and enhances the rights people have at work. that is why, as we translate the body of european law into our domestic regulations, we will ensure that workers rights are fully protected and maintained.
indeed, under my leadership, not only will the government protect work in european legislation but we will build on them. it is under the conservative government that we make sure keeps pace with the changing labor market and the voices of workers are heard by the boards for the first time. for the great pride for the country, the opportunity ahead, it is to use a moment to build a truly global britain, a country that reaches out to old friends and new allies alike. a great global trading nation and one of the earnest advocates of free trade anywhere in the world. closehought with our friends and neighbors, so as a priority, we pursue a bold and ambitious free trade agreement with european union. this agreement should allow or the freest possible trade in
goods and services between britain and the eu's member states. companiesgive british the freedom to trade with and operate within european markets and let european businesses to the same in britain. i want to be clear. what i am proposing cannot mean membership of the single market. european leaders have said many times, but membership means accepting the for freedom of good capital services and people and a member of the single market would mean complying with the use rules and regulations that implement the regions without having a vote on what the rules and regulations are. it would mean accepting a role in the european court of justice that will see it still having direct legal authority in our country. it would for all intents and purposes mean not leaving the eu
at all and that is why in the both sides of the referendum campaign, made it clear a vote to leave the eu would be a vote to leave the single market. we do not seek membership of the single market. instead, we seek the greatest possible access to a new, comprehensive, bold and ambitious free trade agreement. it made take elements of current single market arrangement in certain areas, and freedom to provide financial services of national borders and it makes no sense to start again from scratch when britain and remaining member states have the same rules for so many years but i will respect the position taken by european leaders who have been clear about their position while i am clear about mine so an important part of the
strategic partnership in the eu will be the greatest possible access of a single market on a fully reciprocal basis to a comprehensive free-trade agreement. because we will no longer be members of the market, we will not be required to contribute huge sums to the european budget. there may be specific european programs but i wanted to participate and up to us to decide, and appropriate contribution but the principle is clear. the days of britain making contributions to the european union every year will end. it is not just trade with the eu we should be interested in. a global britain must be free like trade agreements with countries outside the european union because important though our trade with the eu is and will remain it is clear that the
uk needs to increase significantly with export markets, joining the eu, trade a percentage of gdp in the u.k.. that is why it is time for britain to get out into the world and rediscover its role as a global trading nation. it became a priority when i became prime minister that i established for the first time international trade department. theent to get out into wider world to trade and do business all around the globe. countries including china, brazil, already expressed trade deal interests with us. three started discussions on future trade ties like andralia, india, president-elect trump said britain does not have a clue of
a tree deal in the united states, the world's biggest comment that -- economy put front of the line. i know my emphasis on fighting trade agreements with countries outside europe led to questions on whether britain seeks to remain a member of the eu customs union and through that full customs union membership prevents us negotiating our own comprehensive trade deals. i want britain to negotiate the trade agreements but i also want to carry free-trade a coss trade. i do not want britain to be part of the commercial policy, and external terrorists and elements of the customs union. they prevent us from starting our own agreements, but i do want us to have a customs agreement with the eu. whether that means completely
new customs agreement, associate member of the customs union, i hold no position. i have an open mind on how they do it. it is not the means that matter but the end and those ends a re clear. i want to remove as many barriers to trade as possible and britain to be free for its own tariff schedule of the world trade organization, meaning we can reach new trade agreements. not just with the eu but new allies outside europe. global britain must also a country that looks at the future. that means being one of the best places in the world for science and innovation. one of our great strengths in the nation is the breadth and depth of academic and scientific community backed up by the
world's best universities and we have a proud history of leading and supporting cutting-edge innovation. you will also welcome an agreement to collaborate for european partners, from space exploration to clean energy to medical technology. britain will remain at the forefront of collective endeavors to better understand and make better the world in which we live. and a global britain will continue to cooperate with its european partners in important areas such as crime, terrorism and foreign affairs. all of us in europe face the challenge of cross-border crime, a deadly terrorist threat and the dangers presented by hostile states. all of us share interests in
common, values we want to see projected around the world. with a threat to our common security becoming more serious, response cannot be to cooperate less but work together more. i therefore want our future relationship with the european union to include practical arrangements on the matters of law enforcement and sharing of intelligence material with our eu allies. i am proud of the way britain andplayed their role continues to play in promoting europe security. britain has the measures needed to keep our continent secure whether it is implement ing sanctions against russia in crimea, and curing the external -- and securing europe's external border. we will continue to work closely with european allies in foreign and defense policy, even as we leave the eu itself.
these are our objectives for negotiations ahead. objectives that will help to realize our ambition shaping the stronger global britain. they are the basis for a new, strong and more constructive partnership with the european union. partnership with friends and allies, of interest, values. a partnership strong in the eu and strong in the uk. there is one further objective. as i have said before, it is in no one's interest for there to be a cliff edge for business or a threat to stability as we change our existing relationship to a new partnership with the eu. by this i do not mean we will seek a form of unlimited transitional status, in which we find ourselves forever in a permanent political purgatory. that would not be good for britain but nor do i believe it is good for the eu.
instead, i want us to have reached an agreement about future partnerships by the time that two to year article 50 process has concluded. from that point onwards we believe the same process of implementation in which britain and the eu institutions and member states prepare for the new arrangements that will exist between us will be in our mutual self interests. this will give businesses enough time to plan and prepare. this might be about immigration control, systems or in which we cooperate in criminal justice matters. it could be about the regulatory framework for financial services. the time we need to phase in, may differ, but some might be introduced quickly and some might take longer, and the interim arrangements we rely on our bread or negotiations, but
the process is clear. we will avoid a disruptive cliff edge and we will do everything we can to phase in the new arrangement we require as britain and the eu move toward partnership. these are the objectives we have set. certainty wherever possible, control of our own laws, strengthening the united kingdom, maintaining the common travel area, control of immigration, rights for eu nationals in the eu, housing rights for workers, free trade with european markets, new trade agreements with other countries, leading role in science and innovation, cooperation on crime, terrorism and foreign affairs and delivering a smooth and orderly brexit. this is the framework of the deal that will herald a new partnership between the uk and the eu. comprehensive and carefully
considered plans that focus on the end, not just the means with its eyes fixed firmly on the future and the kind of country we will be once we leave. it reflects the hard work many in this room today have worked tirelessly to bring together and prepare for negotiations ahead. it will, i know, be debated and discussed at length. that is only right but those who are just to reveal more, such as blow-by-blow details of negotiation strategy, the areas in which we might compromise for potential trade-off, will not be acting in the national interest because this is not a game or a opposition's mistake. it is a crucial negotiation that will define the interest and success of our country for many
years to come, and it is vital that we maintain undisciplined. that is why i said before and will continue to say every stray media reportd up will make it harder to get the right deal for britain. our opposite numbers in the european commission know it which is why they are keeping, and the ministers in government know it which is why we maintain ours. however frustrating some people find it, the government will not be pressured into saying more than i believe it did in -- i believe is in our national interest to say because it is not my job to have daily updates but to get the right deal for britain and that is what i intend to do. i am confident that a deal and a new strategic partnership between the uk and the eu can be achieved. firstly, because having held
conversations with almost every leader from every single eu member state, having spent time talking to senior figures in european institutions, including president shultz and my cabinet colleagues, boris johnson have done the same. i am confident the vast majority want a positive relationship between the uk and the eu after brexit. i am confident the objectives i am setting out today are consistent with the needs with the eu and member states. that is why our objective includes proposed free trade agreement between britain and the european union and rollout outership of the eu -- role the membership of the eu single market. when the eu leaders say they believe the freedoms of the markets are indivisible, we respect that position.
when 27 member states continue their journey inside the european union, we not only respect that but support it. we do not want to undermine a single market and we do not want to undermine the european union. we want the eu to be a success and we want its remaining member states to prosper and we want the same for britain. the second reason i believe it is possible to reach a good deal, the kind of agreement i described today is the economically rational thing britain and the eu should aim for because trade is not a 0-sum game. more of it makes us all prosper. free trade between britain and the european union means more trade, more trade means more jobs and more wealth creation. the erection of new barriers, meanwhile, means less trade, fewer jobs, fewer votes.
-- lower growth. the third and final reason i believe we can come to the right agreement is cooperation between britain and the eu is needed not just when it comes to trade but to our security, too. britain and france are the only european nuclear powers. only two european countries of permanent seats on the united nations security council, our intelligence capability is unique in europe and has saved countless lives in terrorist plots thwarted in countries across the continent. after brexit, britain wants to be a good friend and neighbor in every way and that includes defending the safety and security of all of our citizens, so i believe the framework i outlined today is in britain's interest, it is in europe's interest and the interests of the wider world.
i must be clear. britain wants to remain a good friend and neighbor to europe. i know there are some voices calling for a punitive deal that punishes britain and discourages other countries to take the same path. that would be inactive calamitous self harm for the countries of europe and not the act of a friend. britain would not -- indeed, we could not, except such an approach. while i am confident this scenario need never arrive, while i am sure positive agreement can be reached, i am equally clear that no deal for britain is better than a bad deal for britain. we would still be able to trade with europe, we would be free to strike trade deals across the world, and we would have the freedom to set competitive tax rates and embrace policies that
would attract the world's best companies and biggest investors to britain. and if we were excluded from accessing the single market we -- market, we would be free to change it. for the eu, it would mean you barriers to trade in one of the biggest economies in the world. it would mean jeopardizing investments in britain by eu companies worth half 1 trillion pounds. it would be lots of access to european firms to the financial services. it would risk a sports around 290 billion pounds every year. it would disrupt sophisticated and integrated supply chains on which many eu companies rely. important sectors of the eu economy would also suffer through crucial profitable export market for europe i automotive industries, among food, drink chemical and
pharmaceutical sectors. these sectors employ millions of people around europe. i don't believe the eu leaders will tell german exporters, french farmers, spanish fishermen, and the young unemployed in the eurozone and millions of others that they want to make them forward to punish britain and make -- make them poorer and punish britain to make a political point. for all these reasons and because of our shared values and surge of goodwill that exists on both sides, i confident we will am follow a better path. i am confident that a positive agreement can be reached. it is right for the government to prepare for every eventuality but to do so in the knowledge a constructive and optimistic approach to negotiations to come is in the best interests of europe and britain. we do not approach these negotiations expecting failure but anticipating success because we are a great global nation with so much to offer europe and so much to offer the world. one of the world's largest and
strongest economies, the finest intelligence services, greatest armed forces, the most effective hard and soft power, friendship and partnership and alliances in every continent. another thing that is important, the essential ingredient of our success, the strength and support of 65 million people willing us to make it happen. after all the division in discord, the country is coming together. the referendum was divisive at times and those divisions have taken time to heal. one of the reasons for and's democracy has been a success for so many years is that the strength of our identity is for one nation. the respect we showed to one another as fellow citizens and the importance we attached to our institution means when a boat is held, we respect the results. the victors have a
responsibility to act magnanimously, the losers have the responsibility to respect the legitimacy of the outcome and the country comes together. that is what we are seeing today. business is not going to reverse the results, but planning to make a success of it. the house of commons has voted overwhelmingly for us to get on with it. the overwhelming majority of people, how are they voted, one voted, wantver they us to get on with it too. that is what we will do. not only farming a new partnership with europe but building a stronger, more global and fairer britain. let that be the legacy of our time. toward which we work. the destination at which we arrive. the negotiations we have done and let us not do it for ourselves but the country's children and grandchildren too
so that when future generations look back at this time, they will judge us not only by the decision we made, but by what we made of that decision. they will see that we shape the brighter future. they will know we built them a better britain. thank you. [applause] i think we have the members of the press here. laura? laura: thank you, prime minister. bbc. during the referendum campaign you said plainly that you believe if we left the market,
citizens and families would be worse off. either you have changed your mind or as prime minister you made a decision you believe will leave the country and citizens poorer. which is it? prime minister may: look at what has happened since the brexit vote. what we have seen is that indicators, positive than people predicted. it is only this week that the confirmed we were the fastest growing economy last year. what am are talking about today is the country coming together for that brighter future as a global britain. it is not just about reading the european union. eu, noteaving the europe, and we will be embracing the world. this is about a trading nation that is out there bringing prosperity here to the united kingdom. in doing that, i think it will be a benefit to other countries
in europe and the benefit across the world stage. francis? francis from "the times." is the question of whether there is a preferential access to eu negotiations, or do you commit today to treating immigration will treat you nations like other not eu nations and do you believe in a two state solution in the middle east? prime minister may: i am happy to answer the second one, and we do continue to believe in the two state solution in the middle east and everything we are looking for and continue to work for. on the immigration issue, the -- i have said. we want to control immigration from the eu and the home office is working on various ways this can be achieved. i also clearly said out today that we do recognize the importance of welcoming people
into the u.k. we want to welcome the brightest and best, we know the benefits they can bring and recognize the value of the contributions made by the people from the opinion you come to the u.k. in the past and are still here. we will set our immigration rules according to the objectives set out. anyone from the european press? >> [indiscernible] from france. on this immigration issue, will there be and the exemptions from british business sectors according to their needs? minister may: i just said we are looking at the rules and structures for the administration, but the way we issue looked at the control is recognizing the need to bring the brightest and best to the united kingdom and into
the united kingdom. what was clear them the 23rd of june vote is as a lead the eu, people want us to be able to make the decisions ourselves to what our immigration system is for people coming from the european union and we will do just that. robert? sorry to press you on are you saying that when you argue that we would be off from leaving the eu and single market, you recognize you are wrong about that? and good from the parliament will have a vote on the final deal, if parliament to reject the final deal, would we still being the eu? prime minister may: first of all, it is not a surprise to any of you. the government is formed of people campaigned on both sides of the argument when the referendum came.
what we are doing is saying, and as i say, what we have seen in the economy since we did about to leave, has been more positive the many predicted in advance of the vote being taken. today's about coming together and saying, what are the opportunities we can embrace across the world and in our future relationship with the eu, partnership with the eu, opportunities that will increase the prosperity for the united kingdom? and it will search those out around the world and bring them home. sorry? they will be a vote for the british parliament when it comes to the deal. as i have said. if you think about it, the british parliament voted overwhelmingly for this to be a choice for the british people. the british parliament voted overwhelmingly for the government to get on with it and i am sure the british parliament will want to deliver on the views of the british people in respect to the democratic decision that was taken.
i will take one more question. i think we have spanish -- o, in the negotiation of the customs agreement, would you a lot and the financial contribution to the european union and that migration will be completely out of the table? and would the main negotiation weapon be the threat of the coming tax haven? prime minister may: as i made clear, another thing people voted for when they voted to leave the european union is stopping constantly every year paying large amounts of money to the eu and i may be sent aspects and together projects we may maybe contributed to the cost is appropriate. i think you used the phrase -- "the main weapon." this is not about the main weapon of confrontation. this is about two sides coming
together to negotiate and agree a deal that will be in debt interest of both parties. we do not look at this as saying what is right in the eu? i want to ensure in doing that, and in doing that, we will also deal that his record the european union as well. i want to approach it in a positive way and i think we can sit down and come to a partnership for the future that mutual both to our benefits. thank you. [applause] >> coming up today on c-span in one hour at noon eastern time after a brief pro forma session in the house, we take you live
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the presidential inauguration will be held. ♪ [trumpets] the presidential inauguration of donald trump's friday. c-span will have live coverage of all the day events and ceremonies. watch live on c-span and www.c-span.org, and listen live on the free c-span radio app. ♪ [trumpets] >> today on "washington journal," we talked about president obama's legacy on foreign policy and some of the challenges that remain for the term in the station. -- trump administration. of foreign policy in the obama administration with two guests joining us. we are joined by jim michael breen of the truman national security project, who serves as the president and ceo. and james garretifano. both of