‘Fought tooth and nail against EU’ IDS praises Theresa May as he declares UK finally free

IAIN Duncan Smith has praised Theresa May’s Brexit speech in Florence as he declared that Britain’s era in the European Union “will soon be over for good”.

The UK will leave the Single MarketGETTY

The UK will leave the Single Market

Mrs May yesterday confirmed that the UK will leave the Single Market, escape the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice and have control again of its own laws and regulations again.Iain Duncan Smith said: “For years I have I fought tooth and nail against the EU.

“Since then we have been forced to implement policies with which we did not agree and which we never wanted. On Friday Theresa May gave absolute confirmation that this era will soon be over for good.”

The Tory MP’s comments come after Theresa May announced the UK will seek a two year transition period after Brexit under plans which will see Britain effectively keep its existing relationship with the EU until 2021.

She said the length of the implementation period was to be negotiated but that current considerations suggest it will be for two years.The UK may therefore have to accept freedom of movement rules for the duration of the implementation period.
The eurosceptic said: “Article 50 is very clear: we are leaving the EU on March 29, 2019. That’s it done end of story. It’s what we have signed up for and it cannot be changed.”The MP for Chingford and Woodford Green added: “The most powerful part was her upbeat statement that leaving the EU will be good for us.”

The speech had been widely regarded as a make-or-break attempt to help Brexit talks.Mr Duncan Smith said: “The money she offered is the strongest hand the Government has in getting a proper free trade agreement with the EU.”My only concern is that we are offering it too early. We shouldn’t be thinking of getting out the chequebook until they agree to discuss trade arrangements alongside the details of our exit.”


“Article 50 is very clear: we are leaving the EU”

Theresa May used her speech in Florence to stress that Brexit would not mean the UK “turning our back on Europe”.She said: “During the implementation period access to one another’s markets should continue on current terms, and Britain also should continue to take part in existing security measures.”

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