Wednesday, 4 January 2017

iNews: Theresa May urged to go for ‘soft Brexit’ by leading Tory

iNews: Theresa May urged to go for ‘soft Brexit’ by leading Tory

Theresa May has been urged by an influential Conservative to press for a ‘soft Brexit’ to ease the impact on exporters of leaving the European Union. Andy Street, the party’s candidate to be the first mayor of the West Midlands, insisted it was essential for the region’s companies to retain access to the European single market.

In an interview with i, Mr Street, the former managing director of John Lewis, said companies across the West Midlands disproportionately relied on export sales. The Prime Minister’s determination to reintroduce border controls on EU nationals has raised doubts over whether Britain will be able to continue trading within the single market when the country leaves the bloc. But Mr Street, who supported the Remain campaign, insisted it would be “preferable” to retain access to the single market after Brexit.


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