January 17th, 2017 / Insight posted in Articles

Theresa May’s Brexit Speech: What she didn’t say

In her landmark speech at Lancaster House, Theresa May outlined 12 objectives to reach her goal of “a new, positive and constructive partnership between Britain and the European Union”. Stressing her desire for the UK to be “the best friend and neighbour to our European partners”, she alluded to guiding principles for Brexit which included the UK taking control of its own laws, rights for EU nationals in Britain and British nationals in the EU, protecting workers’ rights, new trade agreements with other countries, and controlling immigration.

But some factions of her speech laid down stronger commitments than others. Kingston Smith Partner, Paul Samrah, observed, “It’s not so much what she said as what she didn’t say. The Prime Minister made a pledge to find a practical solution for maintaining the Common Travel Area with the Republic of Ireland, but was far less clear when it came to discussing boundaries with the rest of the EU. The ramifications for businesses with a mixed EU workforce remain unclear and I suspect will be unclear for a good few months to come”.

Read the full transcript of the speech here.