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British PM Will Pursue ‘Hard Brexit’ To Regain Border Control

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Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent

Prime Minister Theresa May will reportedly pursue a full British exit from the European Union, including removal from the single market and EU immigration policies.

May’s decision follows speculation that Britain may try and retain some of aspects of its EU membership. “We are leaving. We are coming out. We are not going to be a member of the E.U. any longer,” May declared in a Jan. 9 TV interview. May continued, “We will be able to have control of our borders, control of our laws.”

May and her team’s two biggest priorities are said to be restoration of full British autonomy over its laws, and removing any EU control over its immigration policies. Nearly 3.3 million EU citizens live in the UK — immigration status will be in flux amidst the negotiations. The UK will also no longer be subject to EU migration resettlement plans, which was a significant point of contention in the run-up to the Brexit vote in June.

May’s announcement comes before she will likely trigger the EU’s Article 50, which formally begins Britain’s exit from the European Union. May’s plans to invoke the treaty hit a roadblock after Britain’s highest court ruled in November that the UK parliament must vote on the Brexit conditions before the treaty can be invoked.

May pledged to appeal the decision, and has vowed nothing will get in the way of the government’s invocation of the treaty.

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