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‘Time to make a Brexit choice’: EU’s Michel Barnier warns leaving the single market will mean ‘inevitable’ trade barriers – Mirror Online
Michel Barnier has warned Theresa May leaving the single marker will mean “inevitable” trade barriers after Brexit.
The EU’s chief negotiator told reporters “the time has come to make a choice” about what kind of relationship we want with the bloc after we leave.
Barnier’s tough words came after a crunch lunch with the Prime Minsiter and Brexit Secretary David Davis.
He said: “The only thing I can say: without a customs union and outside the single market, barriers to trade and goods and services are unavoidable,” Barnier said.
Theresa May last week insisted EU citizens who come to the UK during the transition period will not get the same rights as migrants who came before Brexit.
But Barnier said the UK has to “play by the same rules”, indicating that if we want to keep access to the EU single market and customs union during the transition, we would have to abide by the bloc’s rules on immigration.
David Davis said he was confident he could get agreement on a transition by the March EU summit.