Published On: Sat, Jul 7th, 2018

Brexit news: German MEP demands even MORE alignment with EU | UK | News

Mr Brok, who plays a leading role on the European Parliament’s Committee, said ’s decision to adopt a soft Brexit does not cover one of the EU’s four freedoms, nor does it cover paying costs to the EU for single market access.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Programme about whether having a single market for goods would solve the Irish border issue, Mr Brok said: “It might solve it but I’m not sure whether we accept that. This looks like we have the four freedoms – goods, capital, services, and people – and it takes out one.

“And it creates conditions, as it would Britain a member of the internal market for goods without any problems in that and that means, again, that we have always said all freedoms together and especially also that you have to pay money for the internal market as, for example, Norway and Sweden.

“So we have to put these papers together. We have to wait for Monday when the white paper will be published.

“And, I’m not quite sure whether this will be enough of a proposal.”

But Mr Brok said it was “good” that Britain has clarified its position on Brexit but warned European legislation must be applied to an element of single market access.

The Prime Minister gained unanimous backing by her Cabinet for her blueprint for Britain’s future relationship with the bloc after crunch talks in Chequers on Friday.

The joint statement signed by the Prime Minister and her Cabinet ministers put forward a plan for an “economic and security partnership” with the EU.

Mrs May declared the 12-point blueprint will speed up the UK’s exit from the EU.

She said: “Now we must all move at pace to negotiate our proposal with the EU to deliver the prosperous and secure future all our people deserve.”

The plan, a close regulatory alignment with the EU’s single market for British exports, is a firm push towards a Brexit end-state that looks very much like Norway.

The bloc’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier confirmed that Britain’s negotiation team will travel to Brussels on July 16 in order to continue discussions on the withdrawal agreement and future partnership

Britain promising a “common rulebook for industrial goods and agricultural products” but only wanting the EU’s Court of Justice to play a role enforcing EU regulations in the UK through a “joint committee” is likely to raise questions.

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