THERESA May has vowed Britain won’t accept a ‘half in, half out’ Brexit in a landmark speech.

In the most important speech of her six-month premiership, the Prime Minister issued a 12-point plan to take Britain out of the EU, with Downing Street looking to scrap EU single market and current customs union access (which Gibraltar is not a member of).

Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May delivers her keynote address on the second day of the Conservative party annual conference in Manchester, northern England September 30, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Noble (BRITAIN - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY) - RTR3FFSM
HARD TIMES?: May says no half measures

She said: “To be clear, what I am proposing means cannot mean membership of the single market.”

She added Britain would no longer give ‘huge sums’ to the EU, but that Parliament will vote on the final deal.

Maintaining the common travel area between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland is also a priority during the Brexit negotiations, Prime Minister Theresa May says.

However, she did not specifically mention Gibraltar and the border with Spain.

“We want to control our immigration from the EU,” said May.

“We also recognise the importance of the brightest and the best coming here. We recognise the contribution they have made.”

She added: “We are looking at the exact structures for immigration.”

May is believed to favour a work-permit system as she looks to trigger Article 50 by March 2017.

It comes as the House of Lords published data showing a border Brexit closure would put 40% of jobs at risk in Gibraltar.

The 32 page-report, based on government evidence submitted by Chief Minister Fabian Picardo at a December EU Select Committee meeting, estimates 10,473 of the Rock’s 26,144 workers crossed the border daily as of October 2015.

“The prospect of a closed or hard border is the most serious single issue that arises for Gibraltar from Brexit,” the Gibraltar government said.

“A frontier which lacked the necessary fluidity for people to be able to access their places of work would therefore put directly at risk the jobs of 40% of the entire Gibraltar workforce.”

May’s speech was cheered by Leave campaigners, who are pushing for a ‘hard’ Brexit.

The 12 objectives include taking control of Britain’s borders, removing the UK from European Court jurisdiction, preserving the union and signing major trade deals.

“We do not seek to adopt a model already enjoyed by other countries. We do not seek to hold on to bits of membership as we leave,” said May.

“The British people voted for change. And it is the government’s job to deliver it. That means more than negotiating our new relationship with the EU.”

She added: “It means taking the opportunity of this great moment of national change to step back and ask ourselves what kind of country we want to be.”

In a December interview with the BBC, Picardo said he wanted Gibraltar to keep single market access and freedom of movement, even if the UK scrapped them.


  1. “Picardo said he wanted Gibraltar to keep single market access and freedom of movement, even if the UK scrapped them”

    It seems picardo doesn’t know that gibraltar is “member” of the EU through the UK.
    If the UK leaves the EU, the single market, freedom of movement, etc, gibraltar will be OUT too.

    Not that difficult to undestand, no?
    And of course the border will be hardened in the most radical way.
    For security reasons, viste?

  2. For me Mrs. May-be acts like those people who say: Given that angels exist, let us talk about whether angels own wings or not. Befor Mrs May-be talks about a hard or a soft brexit, she has to prove that the British parliament really votes for a Brexit.

  3. May supported the Remain campaign so I wonder if she is using the tripwire technique and setting the Brexiteers up for the fall? If the eventual deal is unacceptable and the Brexiteers lose momentum, it could be voted down in parliament and they might have to call a second referendum.

    That said, we have to work on the basis of a hard Brexit so my advice to Remain/ineligible voters who are unable to secure an EU passport is to join me in pushing for associate EU citizenship. Please write to your MP and MEPs and make sure you make as much noise about it as you can – we need to raise the profile. I have received two very long, ranting, hysterical emails from my UKIP MEPs who seem utterly terrified of this proposed scheme (they seem to have forgotten that they won the referendum and are still shouting) so I think it is very likely that this scheme or something similar is in the pipeline and it is strongly backed by Guy Verhofstadt who I have also emailed.

    Yet again Gibraltar has been ignored so they will now have to look at their options and do what they have to do to protect themselves. This has become a damage limitation exercise.

  4. In my opinion , the oligarchy that is the Parliament ( democraticaly elected and controlled) , have not caught the point of situation.

    The British people have voted for the Brexit because they are angry with the outcomes of their political system and their ruling elites, for the reduction of their real incomes .

    If the Parlament try to cheat the will of the people, the angry will increase and would manifest in more awkard ways.

    With respect to the European Union, the British rulers suffer a leak of credibility due to the popular rage before mentioned. And the burocrats of Brusells have not any margin of manouvre, because the disintegration problems with the East members, the many bankrupties looming, the absurd inmigrant crisis created by Merkel,……

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