ANGELA MERKEL WARNS UK IT CAN’T HAVE ACCESS TO SINGLE MARKET WITHOUT FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT

ANGELA-MERKEL

According to the independent newspaper, the German Chancellor has told her parliament that UK’s free access could only be granted under specific conditions.

Britain cannot expect to “keep the privileges” of ties with the EU without any of the obligations, Angela Merkel has said, as the EU Commission President Jean CLaude Juncker said he had imposed a ban on EU officials from holding secret Brexit talks with the UK.

In a clear rebuttal to Boris Johnson’s claim that the country could retain access to single market – seen as vital to the economy and jobs market – the German Chancellor told her parliament that free access to the single market was only for countries that accepted the free movement of people, capital and goods.

Meanwhile, in Brussels, Mr Juncker told MEPs that he had imposed a ban on EU commissioners holding informal or secret talks with the British about the country’s exit from the EU, until the UK government formally invokes Article 50 – the procedure for withdrawing from the bloc.

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