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May Answers the Big Brexit Question

Jan 18, 2017 | 01:13 GMT
May Answers the Big Brexit Question
British Prime Minister Theresa May's speech outlining the United Kingdom's Brexit strategy was light on details about several aspects of the upcoming negotiations.
(DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

A speech by British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday answered the biggest outstanding question about the United Kingdom's impending departure from the European Union: It will not try to stay in the bloc's single market. Instead, May explained, her government will push for a comprehensive free trade agreement with the European Union. She emphasized that regaining control of immigration policy would take precedence over remaining a member of the EU single market. But while her speech clarified some questions about the Brexit process and the United Kingdom's future course, it left several major issues unaddressed....

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