‘We are not a supplicant’ Michael Howard issues message to PM ahead of Brexit negotiations

EX-CONSERVATIVE leader Michael Howard has fretted Brexit negotiations should be brought to a conclusion imminently, while insisting the UK “should not be a participant of the single market.”

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Nick Robinson, Lord Howard urged Theresa May to start Brexit talks quickly and aim for a clean break from the EU.

In a heated exchanged, the former Tory leader told the presenter the UK should not be a member of the single market after Brexit – but retain access to it.

He said: “We are going to leave the European Union. The British people voted for control over the ability to make their own laws and not be told by Brussels ‘you can’t do that’, have control over who comes into our country and the right to make free trade agreements with other countries in parts of the world.

“I don’t think you can have those things without leaving the single market. I don’t think we should be or need to be members of the single market.

“Of course we want access to the single market which is an entirely different thing. We don’t want to be a participant of the single market.”


Lord Howard said the UK should not be members of the single market after Brexit

Issuing a messge directly to the PM, Lord Howard concluded: “Keep at the forefront of your mind that we are not a supplicant. We are the fifth biggest economy in the world. Everyone wants access to our economy. We will get a good deal.”

Social media users were quick to condemn the interview, with many describing Lord Howard’s comments as “delusional.”

One wrote: “Michael Howard appears to be as delusional as the rest of the Brexitists, promising unicorns, cake and jam all round.”

While another posted: “Michael Howard on @BBCRadio4 seems to be totally deluded and extraordinary arrogant. He is still selling the lie that the EU will just scrap.”

The prime minister has refused to give a “running commentary” on what she wants to secure when formal Brexit negotiations start.

Her spokesman told a Westminster briefing that reports the Government was now set to pursue a ”hard Brexit“ strategy were ”speculation“.

Speaking in the United States, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson  said that the UK will begin formal Brexit talks “early next year” and leave the EU by 2019.

John McDonnell, the shadow Chancellor, said Labour wanted to preserve “access to the single market for goods and services”, including the financial sector, but stopped short of backing the current full membership.

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