Theresa May will find it "extraordinarily difficult" to protect UK industry
EU's priority to maintain the integrity of the single market
by Abi Moses on 12th July, 2017
The UK's Brexit negotiations have been dealt yet another blow after two high-profile business leaders in Germany have warned that Prime Minister, Theresa May, will find it "extraordinarily difficult" to protect UK industry during talks.
The German leaders have insisted that the EU's priority is to maintain the integrity of the single market, with BDI president, Dieter Kempf, claiming "Defending the single market, a key European project, must be the priority for the European Union. Europe must maintain the integrity of the single market and its four freedoms: goods, capital, services, and labour.
He added, "It is the responsibility of the British Government to limit the damage on both sides of the Channel. Over the coming months, it will be extraordinarily difficult to avert negative effects on British businesses in particular."
Meanwhile, the president of the confederation of German employers' associations (BDA), Ingo Kramer, said "The single market is one of the major assets of the EU. Access to the single market requires the acceptance of all four single market freedoms. The UK will remain a very important partner for us, but we need a fair deal for both sides respecting this principle. The cohesion of the remaining 27 EU member states has highest priority."
Ms May is also coming under pressure over her approach to Brexit from several ex Tory ministers. Former education secretary, Nicky Morgan, said "There may be some merit in just thinking about the detail of our future relationship with the ECJ before we draw a line through the relationship entirely."
Whilst Dominic Grieve, the former attorney general, insists that the Government need to remain open-minded. He said, "We have to be realistic. Some of the attitudes to the ECJ seem to be a bit knee jerk. It has a pariah status. I've never been particularly impressed with it, but the fact is it is there and it's going to be doing a lot of work that is relevant to us."
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