Summary of The Government's Negotiating Objectives for Exiting the EU

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The first quarter of 2017 marks the start of Britain’s exit negotiations with the European Union. Following months of speculation about the UK’s Brexit strategy, Prime Minister Theresa May delivered a much-anticipated speech outlining her goals and objectives going into what will likely be a long, drawn-out negotiation process. May strikes a hopeful and conciliatory tone, while making clear that Britain won’t agree to a deal that violates its economic and security interests. While always politically neutral, getAbstract recommends May’s landmark speech to policy makers and business executives with a stake in the EU and UK markets.

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Theresa May is the prime minister of the United Kingdom and leader of the Conservative Party. She succeeded David Cameron, who resigned in July 2016 after Britain voted to leave the European Union.



In 2017, Britain begins a two-year negotiation process to leave the European Union. The overarching goal is to build “a new, positive and constructive partnership between Britain and the European Union.” Four principles guide the United Kingdom when negotiating:

  1. “Certainty and clarity” – The UK government plans to provide as much certainty to businesses and the public sector as possible throughout the negotiation process. Moreover, both Houses of Parliament must ratify the final deal before it becomes law.
  2. “A stronger Britain” – The UK...

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