Theresa May says UK to leave EU single market after Brexit

UK Prime Minister Theresa May says Britain will leave the European Union’s single market in order to restrict immigration in a clean break from the bloc, but Parliament can vote on the final Brexit deal.

“Brexit must mean control of the number of people coming from Europe, and that is what we will deliver. What I am proposing cannot mean membership of the single market,” May said Tuesday during a long-awaited speech at London’s Lancaster House.

The prime minister said any Brexit agreement must be approved by both chambers of Britain’s parliament, the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

She also said London would seek a trade deal giving “the greatest possible access” to the EU market on its departure.

Seeking to lessen concerns about a sudden shock to the economy on abruptly leaving the EU, May said she would seek a “phased process of implementation” of a Brexit deal.

EU countries accounted for about 44 percent of Britain’s total exports in goods…

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