The future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union.
Our proposal is comprehensive. It is ambitious. And it strikes the balance we need – between rights and obligations.
- It would ensure that we leave the EU, without leaving Europe.
- It would return accountability over the laws we live by to London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast, and end the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in the UK.
- It would preserve the UK’s and the EU’s frictionless access to each other’s markets for goods, protecting jobs and livelihoods on both sides, and propose new arrangements for services.
- It would meet our shared commitments to Northern Ireland and Ireland through the overall future relationship, in a way that respects the EU’s autonomy without harming the UK’s constitutional and economic integrity.
- It would end free movement, taking back control of the UK’s borders.
- It would see the UK step out into the world, driving forward an independent trade policy by striking trade deals with new friends and old allies.
- It would maintain the shared security capabilities that keep citizens in the UK and the EU safe, as we work in partnership with Member States to tackle crime and terrorism.
- It would end vast annual contributions to the EU budget, releasing funds for domestic priorities – in particular our long-term plan for the NHS.
- It would take us out of the Common Agricultural Policy and Common Fisheries Policy, ensuring we can better meet the needs of farming and fishing communities.
- It would maintain our current high standards on consumer and employment rights and the environment.
- And it would enable co-operation to continue in areas including science and international development, improving people’s lives within and beyond Europe’s borders.
- In short, the proposal set out in this White Paper would honour the result of the referendum.
- It would deliver a principled and practical Brexit that is in our national interest, and the UK’s and the EU’s mutual interest.