In her first interview of the year, Theresa May set out a rather ambitious goal for the deal with Brussels, as Scotland's First Minister warned over the hard Brexit strategy.
Under pressure to elaborate on her ‘Brexit means Brexit’ motto, British prime minister Theresa May has announced she will set out her strategy for exiting the EU over the coming weeks.
In her first interview of the year, she offered a glimpse of her strategy and set out a rather ambitious goal for the deal with Brussels.
“I think it’s wrong to look at this as just a binary issue, as to either you have control of immigration, or you have a good trade deal. I don’t see it a as a binary issue. We will, outside the European Union, be able to have control of immigration, and be able to set our rules for people coming to the UK from member states of the European Union. But we also, as part of that Brexit deal, will be working to get the best possible deal in the trading relationship with the European Union,” she told Sky’s Sophy Ridge.
The lack of a coherent plan has been seized upon by the Scottish executive with the continued threat of a second independence referendum if Scotland is forced into a hard Brexit.
Speaking to the BBC, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:
“They (UK government) will be making a big mistake if they think that I am in any way bluffing because if it comes to the point, you know, two years after Scotland had been told in the independence referendum, ‘Scotland don’t leave the UK, lead the UK’. Here we are, we voted to stay in the EU, we were told that voting ‘No’ (in the Scottish independence referendum) was the only way we could stay in the EU, and we now face being taken out of the EU. Now that creates a much more fundamental question for Scotland.”
Sturgeon insists on a soft Brexit, which would see the UK remain in the single market, something which requires free movement of workers. A red line for the prime minister.