May: It was an important step towards a smooth Brexit


At the suggestion of both the most ardent supporters of Brexit and the supporters of the smoothest possible exit from the EU, the statement of the British Prime Minister Theresa May on the agreement to start the second phase of negotiations with the Europeans was accepted in the House of Commons. .
Ms May confirmed that the start of this phase of the negotiations would be by discussing the terms of the transitional period, before talks on a future trade relationship could begin.
"During this strictly time-bound implementation period that we will now begin to negotiate, we will not be in the single market or customs union once we have left the EU. But we will propose that one now continue to have access as one has. in the markets of the other, while we prepare and implement the new processes and the new systems that will govern our future cooperation ", said Ms. May.
He noted that in order to reach this point, an agreement was reached which is "an important step on the road to the implementation of the smooth and orderly Brexit for which the people voted last June".
In two reports that are expected to provoke reactions from the EU, Mr May said that during the transition period young Europeans coming to work in Britain would have to register in special registers and that Britain would be able to sign new trade agreements. agreements with third countries.
Opposition Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn, as well as other anti-Brexit politicians, said the agreement with the EU on the first phase of negotiations was two months late and there were still many gaps.
He raised the issue of staying in the transitional period in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the Common Fisheries Policy that divides the British government, and suggested that the EU directive setting working hours should continue to be respected. He also called for Britain to stay in the European Erasmus + student exchange program.
Ms May hinted that there could be an immediate exit from the CAP in March 2019, which is unlikely to be accepted by the EU, while noting that employment rights will not be affected by Brexit and that the Erasmus + program will apply and for British students certainly by 2020. What happens beyond that date will emerge from negotiations with the EU.
On the other hand, ardent supporters of the "tough" Brexit, such as Conservative MPs Jacob Rees-Mogg and Peter Bowen, called on the Prime Minister to reject the "hostile" guidelines presented by the EU, in view of the transitional talks. , and withdraw the country from the EU on March 29, 2019 without paying anything in return for future obligations.
Mr Bowen even said that the 39 XNUMX billion that Britain had agreed to pay to the EU gradually over the cost of the divorce should be given to the British economy to reduce taxes.
Both Ms. May and Mr. Corbyn also condemned the threats against MPs because of their stance on Brexit.